Former “Bachelor” contestant Gia Allemand, 29, died after an apparent suicide, TMZ reported on Wednesday. The model, who appeared on season 14 of the show, was found hanging and unconscious by her boyfriend, NBA star Ryan Anderson, in her New Orleans home Monday night.
TMZ added that Anderson immediately called 911. Allemand was rushed to the hospital and put on life support, which was withdrawn on Wednesday since she had suffered “critical loss of brain and organ function.” The celebrity news site added her boyfriend and other friends were in the hospital when she passed away.
"Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn [on Wednesday]," the family said in a statement quoted by New York Daily News. "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."
Before her cause of death was released, TMZ cited “multiple sources” who said she had been depressed over her unsteady relationship with Anderson.
Countless friends were shocked by their friend’s apparent suicide, many of whom appeared on the “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” over the years, and reached to news outlets to share sentiments. Melissa Rycroft, who also went on to win “Dancing With The Stars: All Stars,” said this to Eonline.com in a statement:
"Gia was such a joyous person to be around. She was the person that in any room drew a crowd because she exuded positive energy and friendliness. This is beyond tragic and my thoughts and prayers go out to her loved ones."
Other stars took to Twitter to share their condolences:
I had to pull over, I can't stop crying. We have lost an angel.
— Jake Pavelka (@jakepavelka1) August 14, 2013
Blessed to have called her a friend and I will forever love and miss you @GiaAllemand An angel is an understament, rest in peace sweet girl
— Tyler Vermette (@TylerVermette) August 14, 2013
Gia you are my angel! You changed so many lives with your beautiful soul and will be missed and loved forever.
— Vienna Girardi (@ViennaGirardi) August 14, 2013
Woke up this am to heartbreaking news about a sweet & genuine friend. Prayers for you @GiaAllemand
— Jeremy Cade (@jeremycade) August 14, 2013
Heartbroken at this devastating news of our dear sweet Gia..I feel blessed to have known her
— Rachel Truehart (@RachTrue_) August 14, 2013
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