Former Bachelor star Gia Allemand died on Tuesday as the result of a reported suicide attempt in what has to be one of the saddest stories we’ve read all week. Allemand was a contestant on The Bachelor Jake Pavelka’s season 14 in 2010. She was eliminated in the final three and later competed on Bachelor Pad season one.
Gia Allemand was only 29-years-old when she reportedly attempted suicide on Monday and was found unconscious by her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson. She was transported to University Hospital in New Orleans but doctors were unable to save her. The Bachelor and Bachelor Pad star was taken off life support on Tuesday after it was determined she had suffered irreparable brain and organ damage. No further details were given.
“While in her residency in New Orleans on Monday night, Ms. Allemand was found by her boyfriend, NBA basketball player Ryan Anderson, following an apparent suicide attempt,” her family said in a statement. “Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn today,” the statement continued. “Ms. Allemand passed away peacefully with her mother, boyfriend, and other life-long friends by her side. As a practicing Christian, Gia did receive the sacrament of last rites.”
Jake Pavelka, who courted Gia Allemand on The Bachelor season 14, posted on Twitter that he had to pull over his car when he found out about her death. “I can’t stop crying,” he said. “We have lost an angel.”
Although sources reportedly told E! News that Gia and her boyfriend, Ryan Anderson, were having some relationship issues, things did not allegedly seem bad enough to indicate they were moving toward a breakup.
In addition to her appearances on The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love and Bachelor Pad, Allemand was also a Maxim model, appeared in the web series Ghost Trek and was scheduled for a role in an upcoming film about the life of actor and singer Gianni Russo.
We have no snark to share about the life and death of Gia Allemand. She seemed like a nice enough girl on The Bachelor and was far too young to die. Our thoughts go out to her family and friends.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)