“Bachelor” star Gia Allemand died Wednesday at a New Orleans hospital after an apparent suicide. She was 29.
Her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson, reportedly found her in her home Monday night and she was rushed to the hospital. He and her mother were with her at the hospital until she was removed from life support.
“Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn (on Wednesday),” her family said in a statement.
“Ms. Allemand passed away peacefully with her mother, boyfriend, and other lifelong friends by her side. As a practicing Christian, Gia did receive the sacrament of last rites.
“Loved ones and fans will remember Gia Allemand as a caring woman who loved her family and was well-known for her compassion towards animals and mission to rescue homeless pets.”
When she was admitted to University Hospital in New Orleans in critical condition Monday, Allemand’s publicist told the Associated Press that she was admitted for a “serious emergency medical event.”
She finished third on the 14th season of “The Bachelor,” when Vienna Girardi won bachelor Jake Pavelka’s final rose.
Members of the “Bachelor” family were quick to express their grief on Twitter.
Pavelka tweeted: “I am in complete shock and devastated to hear the news about Gia. She was one of the sweetest people I have ever known.”
Girardi wrote: “Gia you are my angel! You changed so many lives with your beautiful soul and will be missed and loved forever.”
Before dating Anderson, a forward for the New Orleans Pelicans, Allemand dated New York Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano.