Son of Kelly Gearhart dead at 21

March 16, 2012

Kelly Gearhart

Jake Gearhart, the son of embattled former North County developer Kelly Gearhart, recently died of a drug overdose at a rehab center in the Los Angeles area.

Amid allegations that Kelly Gearhart helped defraud investors out of more than $100 million in an alleged Ponzi scheme, he moved to Wadsworth, Ohio, in 2009. The move occurred shortly after threats of physical violence by an angry investor.

After his father moved away, Jake Gearhart stayed with friends or relatives in San Luis Obispo County. Friends of the family said the cloud over his father and harassment directed at him because of his father’s alleged misdeeds took a toll on the young man.

Workers at the rehab found Jake Gearhart deceased from a heroin overdose on a bathroom floor.

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Everyone needs to remember that Kelly may have done some really bad things in the past, but this is his son. People are forgetting that Jake had NOTHING to do with his Dad’s past. Jake’s mom was loving and tried her best to keep him healthy. Everyone is claiming that his dad was a bad parent, but his mom tried everything in her power to get him sober. Don’t forget this is someone’s child. So let him rest in peace.

Thank you bigdave. I would hope that people leave this thread and move on. Jake was no different than alot of people who have addictions. It frustrates me to read speculation about how heroin got into rehab, whether his addiction was because of his father, etc. etc. He was not in rehab, but a sober living facility. I’ve known him since he was a little guy and the hurt that he left behind is palpable. Know that he had a loving family that did what they could for him. He was not left alone to deal with his demons on his own. He had love and support but in the end…it beat him. Please let him rest in peace.

I still can’t figure out how he obtained an expensive substance like heroin while in rehab

Parents should not out-live their children, even if said parent is a D-bag and the kid is a spoiled druggie.

This is a good warning for all those who have forgotten the needs of their children as they pursue something less important.

It is such a tragedy that no one should have to endure. Life is about choices but when it comes to addiction it is about being overpowered by something so powerful a person has no control. I feel bad for his family. As I posted before when one loses a spouse they are referred to as a widow or widower when one loses a parent they arevan orphan. However there is no word to describe a parent who loses a child…… is that tragic. Rest in peace and prayers to his family for understanding.

Nice job Kelly! You might finally feel the cost of greed, but I doubt it.

Would do that when their child has passed.. you have no soul!!!! My thoughts and prayers are with jakes family and I hope he is finally at peace.

May he rest in the arms of Jesus. God Bless his whole family.

My wife and I raised a drug addict. After spending thousands of dollars to help her she decided to quit them on her own. She was forty when she quit. God Bless her. She stayed alive by the grace of god. All we could really do for her was pray for her. Finally our prayers were answered. Thank you Lord.

God Bless all in pain for any reason.

AMEN brother, some sick people on this site.