As Bachelor Nation continues to mourn season 14 star Gia Allemand, new details are beginning to emerge about the circumstances of her passing. Multiple sources confirm to Us Weekly that Allemand hanged herself on Monday, Aug. 12, at her home in New Orleans, where she was found by boyfriend Ryan Anderson, a player for the NBA Pelicans. (TMZ was first to report the cause of death.)
As previously reported, Allemand, 29, was hospitalized earlier this week in critical condition. Information about the "serious emergency medical event" was at first unavailable, but on Wednesday, Aug. 14, her family released an official statement saying she had died that afternoon.
"Tuesday, Ms. Allemand remained in the hospital unconscious in critical condition and on life support," the statement read. "Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn today.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 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," the statement continued. "Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming in another official statement once available. On behalf of the family, we sincerely ask for privacy at this time."
After news broke of her death, tributes began pouring in from fellow Bachelor alumni and other loved ones. "I'm deeply grateful for all the love and support we have received from family, friends, and fans," her boyfriend said in a statement on Wednesday evening. "Gia was the most beautiful person I knew inside and out, and she always smiled and made everyone else around her smile."
"She had such an amazing impact on my life and anyone that knew her was blessed," he continued. "All I have left is to cherish those memories we made together and help perpetuate the many values, faith, and love that we shared."