How Did Gia Allemand Die? Celebrities React On Twitter To 'Bachelor' Star's Apparent Suicide By Hanging At 29

on August 14 2013 6:48 PM

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 Allemand was rushed to the hospital and put on life support, which was withdrawn on Wednesday since she had suffered “critical loss of brain and organ function.”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"Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn [on Wednesday]," the family said in a statement quoted by New York Daily News.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: