Former Bachelor and Bachelor Pad star Gia Allemand has died, TVGuide.com has confirmed. She was 29.
Allemand died on Wednesday following an apparent suicide attempt on Monday. Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, she was taken off life support Wednesday, according to her rep. Allemand was surrounded by her mother, lifelong friends and her longtime boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson. Anderson discovered Allemand on Monday and called 911. Emergency crews were quickly dispatched to the scene and she was subsequently taken to University Hospital in New Orleans. On Tuesday, she remained in the hospital unconscious in critical condition and on life support with her mother and Anderson by her side.
"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," her rep said in a statement. "On behalf of the family, we sincerely ask for privacy at this time."
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Allemand appeared on Season 14 of the ABC show, during which she competed for Jake Pavelka's heart and came in third place. "I am in complete shock and devastated to hear the news about Gia. She was one of the sweetest people I have ever known," Pavelka tweeted on Wednesday. "And a very dear friend. My heart goes out to her family during this very difficult time. We have lost [an] angel today. I miss you Gia."
She then appeared on the first two seasons of Bachelor Pad. "The entire Bachelor family is tremendously saddened by the tragic passing of our friend, Gia. She was truly a sweet and generous soul. This is a devastating loss for anyone who ever knew her," series creator and executive producer Mike Fleiss said in a statement.
Allemand most recently had been working as a Pure Barre instructor in New Orleans, where she lived with Anderson, who plays for the New Orleans Pelicans. "I'm deeply grateful for all the love and support we have received from family, friends and fans. Gia was the most beautiful person I knew inside and out and she always smiled and made everyone else around her smile," Anderson said in a statement. "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."
A public funeral will be held for Allemand at the Papavero Funeral Home in New York, but the date has not yet been confirmed. Many friends from The Bachelor franchise are expected to attend.