Former Bachelor contestant Gia Allemand, who finished third during Jake Pavelka’s “On the Wings of Love” season, died today at age 29.
The reality star, who also competed in Seasons 1 and 2 of The Bachelor spinoff Bachelor Pad, had been rushed to University Hospital in New Orleans on Monday night.
UPDATE: Allemand’s family released a statement saying that her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson, discovered her in her home after a suicide attempt. “Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn today,” the statement continued.
Allemand, a soft-spoken fan favorite with a New York accent, was photographed along with fellow franchise alumnae at a Bachelorette finale viewing party as recently as last week, including images that appeared on her Instagram account as well as that of her friend and fellow Bachelor contestant Ali Fedotowsky.
“The entire Bachelor family is tremendously saddened by the tragic passing of our friend, Gia,” the franchise’s creator and executive producer Mike Fleiss said in a statement released late Wednesday. “She was truly a sweet and generous soul. This is a devastating loss for anyone who ever knew her.”