Gia Allemand Dead: Bachelor Star Commits Suicide at Age 29
Gia Allemand has passed away. Following news she was hospitalized in critical condition for a "serious emergency medical event" on Monday, Aug. 12, a source confirms to Us Weekly that the 29-year-old Bachelor contestant died on Wednesday, Aug. 14. No further information on the cause of her death has been released.
UPDATE: An official statement was released Wednesday on behalf of Allemand's family regarding her death. "Television personality and Model/Actress Gia Marie Allemand (29) passed away today at University Hospital, New Orleans. While in her residency in New Orleans on Monday night, Ms. Allemand was found by her boyfriend, NBA Basketball Player Ryan Anderson, following an apparent suicide attempt. Mr. Anderson contacted 911 and emergency medical crews were immediately dispatched to the scene," the statement reads. "Tuesday, Ms. Allemand remained in the hospital unconscious in critical condition and on life support. Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn today. Ms. Allemand passed away peacefully with her mother, boyfriend, and other life-long 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," the statement continues. "Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming in another official statement once available. On behalf of the family, we sincerely ask for privacy at this time."
Some Bachelor alum are sharing their condolences.
"Gia was such a joyous person to be around," Melissa Rycroft said in a statement to Us Weekly on Wednesday. "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."
Jake Pavelka, who Allemand competed for his love on 2010's season 14 of The Bachelor, also tweeted, "I had to pull over, I can't stop crying. We have lost an angel." Earlier in the day he wrote, "Please pray for @GiaAllemand. A dear friend and one of the sweetest women I know . . . #powerofprayer."
On Tuesday, Aug. 13, the model's publicist announced that she had been hospitalized at University Hospital, New Orleans on Monday "following a serious emergency medical event." The statement continued, "Ms. Allemand's mother is with her, along with her long-term boyfriend, NBA basketball player Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Pelicans. On behalf of the family, we kindly ask for privacy at this time."
Allemand's last tweet before her hospitalization was on Aug. 11 and read, "Proverbs 21:3 'Doing what is right and fair pleases The Lord more than an offering.'"