We have some tragic news to report today: The Bachelor
season 14 contestant Gia Allemand has died. She was 29 years old.Update 2:25pm:
It is now being reported by TMZ
that Allemand hanged herself. When her boyfriend found her, he called 911 right away.
According to TMZ, Gia Allemand had been "extremely upset about a rocky relationship" with boyfriend Ryan Anderson -- he was the one who found her in her home Monday night. They're reporting that the cause of death was suicide, and that she suffered from a "critical loss of brain and organ function."
Allemand was rushed to the hospital on Monday, August 12, and underwent a "serious emergency medical event," according to E! Online
, where she was listed in critical condition. Details of this emergency are unknown at this time, but she was put on life support. Her family, including her mother and boyfriend, were by her side.
One of Gia's friends, health/beauty expert Melinda Farina, tweeted at the time
, "I'm so sad about my best friend right now ... how could this have happened to such an incredible person..she needs to come out of it.!"
And after finding out about Allemand's death, Bachelor
Sean Lowe tweeted
, "My prayers go out to @GiaAllemand's family during this time. Life on earth is but a vapor and she's with our Lord now."
Host Chris Harrison later sent out his own condolences
: "It's with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our good friend Gia Allemand. She will be loved and missed by all who knew her."
Gia Allemand competed for Jake Pavelka's heart on season 14 of The Bachelor
, and ended up coming in third place. Afterwards, she signed up for two seasons of Bachelor Pad
-- she briefly dated Wes Hayden, who also was on the show. Before her death, she worked in Metairie, Louisiana, as a fitness instructor.
Little is known at this time, but we will continue updating as further information is released.