“Bachelor” alumna Lex McAllister, who competed on Jake Pavelka’s season of the ABC reality show in 2010, has reportedly died. According to reports, the entrepreneur from Galloway, Ohio, died Tuesday after being admitted to a hospital on Saturday from an apparent overdose on prescription pills.
TMZ broke the news Tuesday afternoon that McAllister’s family removed her from life support after her body began shutting down. A member of the family told the gossip outlet that McAllister “struggled with depression and bipolar disorder” and they believe the overdose was a suicide.
As mentioned above, Lex McAllister was a contestant on Season 14 of “The Bachelor.” She was 25 years old when she joined, but didn’t make it past the first rose ceremony. However, she wasn’t exactly there to find love. During an interview with Columbus Socialite blog in 2011, McAllister revealed that she was open with the production about using her TV opportunity to “expand” her contacts for her PR company. She explained that while she enjoyed the exposure, her reason for joining caused her to be eliminated during week one.
McAllister resurfaced after Pavelka’s nasty and very public breakup with winner Vienna Girardi. She told TMZ in June 2010 that she thought Pavelka was in the wrong.
“I find it hard to believe that she is guilty of anything negative in the breakup,” McAllister said in response to rumors that Girardi was unfaithful. “Except for falling in love with a man whose heart was clearly not available for her in the first place.”
McAllister’s death is the second suicide to rock the cast of “The Bachelor” Season 14. Gia Allemand died in August 2013 at the age of 29.
Former “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” cast members are beginning to comment on McAllister’s death. Tenley Mozlahn of Season 14 told E! News that she is “in shock that another beautiful soul would take their life.” Vienna Girardi also told E! News that she remembers McAllister as a “positive young lady who could light up any room.”
Jesse Csincsak, who won DeAnna Pappas’ season of “The Bachelorette,” took to Twitter to respond to McAllister’s death.
— Jesse Csincsak (@JesseCsincsak) February 16, 2016