Clark Gable died on November 16, 1960 and is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, CA .
On November 6, 1960 after completing his last movie, "The Misfits," he suffered chest pains and was transported to Presbyterian Hospital in Los Angeles where he was diagnosed as having suffered a coronary thrombosis. After two days in the hospital he received over 5,000 well wishes from fans. He appeared to be doing better and life support was removed, but on November 16, he suffered another heart attack that immediately killed him. Kay, his last wife said, after Gable's death that she was sure that the problems with the production of The Misfits was a strong contributor to Gable's death.
His funeral was similar to Carole Lombard's being held in the same chapel at the Church of the Recessional at Forest Lawn. Gable had requested a closed casket and had once told his wife that "I don't want a lot of strangers looking down at my wrinkles and my big fat belly when I'm dead." The ceremony out of respect for his war time service did include the US Air Force and therefore he was given a full-dress military funeral. All studios in Hollywood flew their flags at half-mast. Some of the mourners attending the funeral were, Spencer Tracy, Robert Taylor and James Stewart, all pallbearers. Others included Howard Strickling, Eddie Mannix and Norma Shearer, the only one of Gable's leading ladies to attend .
The following are some quotes about Gable's parting:
The New York Times
"The King is dead", "Even among the heirachy of great motion pucture stars, of whom there were many in the happy years of his ascendance, he was acknowledge supreme. Perhaps he was not the most skillful and subtle in the way of technique. Perhaps he did not possess the polish of some of the latterly imported British stars. But what Gable had is a measure that no other star quite matched -- or projected as ferosiously as he did-- was a true masculine personality. Whatever the role, Gable was as certain as the sunrise. He was consistently and subbornly all Man.... People everywhere--men, women, and small boys--admired Clark Gable. He was a conspicuous symbol of the rugged American throughout the world."
Adela Rogers St. Johns
"The King is dead. Long live the King. There has been no successor, nor will be. The title died with him."
The Los Angeles Times
"...rare human qualities: virility graced by humor, good nature adorned by comprehension, an easy manner unspoiled by pretensions. To these engaging traits he added professional integrity and personal sincerity, not easily found in the competitive atmosphere of the screen."
Judie Lewis, Gable's daughter by Loretta Young, stayed away from the funeral in order to avoid publicity and in respect to her mother's wishes. A few weeks later Kay Williams delivered Gable's first and only son, John Clark Gable at the same hospital where his father died.