Reality TV star and model Gia Allemand, who notably appeared on season 14 of ABC's The Bachelor, died Wednesday of an apparent suicide in New Orleans. She was 29.
Allemand was discovered Monday night in her home by boyfriend, NBA Pelicans player Ryan Anderson, who dialed 911, it says in the statement released by her family following her death. She was taken Monday night to University Hospital following "a serious emergency medical event," her rep shared Tuesday. The details of her condition were not immediately disclosed, and she was later placed on life support.
"Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn," the statement continued. "Ms. Allemand passed away peacefully with her mother, boyfriend, and other lifelong friends by her side."
Anderson releasd a statement Wednesday evening mourning the loss of his girlfriend.
"I'm deeply grateful for all the love and support we have received from family, friends and fans," he said. "Gia was the most beautiful person I knew inside and out and she always smiled and made everyone else around her smile."
"She had such an amazing impact on my life and anyone that knew her was blessed. All I have left is to cherish those memories we made together and help perpetuate the many values, faith and love that we shared."
Allemand finished as one of the final three contestants vying for Jake Pavelka's affection in her season of "The Bachelor." She ultimately lost to Vienna Girardi, who tweeted Wednesday, "Gia you are my angel! You changed so many lives with your beautiful soul and will be missed and loved forever."
A Maxim model, Allemand went on to star in two seasons of "Bachelor Pad." She was working as a Pure Barre instructor in New Orleans, where she lived with Anderson. Just one week prior to her death, the personality gave her final TV interview to E! News at a "Bachelorette" finale viewing party.
Former Bachelor and Bachelorette stars have expressed their condolences, including Sean Lowe, who tweeted Wednesday, "My prayers go out to @GiaAllemand's family during this time. Life on earth is but a vapor and she's with our Lord now."
Pavelka, who was the "Bachelor" from Allemand's season tweeted Wednesday after he had learned the news of her death, "I am in complete shock and devastated to hear the news about Gia. She was one of the sweetest people I have ever known."
"As a practicing Christian, Gia did receive the sacrament of last rites," it says in the statement. "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."