Bachelor Nation Mourns Loss of Gia Allemand
Bachelor Nation is mourning the loss of "Bachelor" and "Bachelor Pad" star Gia Allemand. Gia died today at University Hospital in New Orleans.
Her publicist released a statement:
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. 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Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn today.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.
Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming in another official statement once available. On behalf of the family, we sincerely ask for privacy at this time.
Also, "The Bachelor" franchise creator/executive producer Mike Fleiss released a statement saying: “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.”
Several past "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" contestants have released statements, including Jake Pavelka, the Season 14 "Bachelor" that Gia competed for.
Jake Pavelka @jakepavelka1: I had to pull over, I can't stop crying. We have lost an angel.
He later added: "I am in complete shock and devastated to hear the news about Gia. She was one of the sweetest people I have ever known." and he continued, "And a very dear friend. My heart goes out to her family during this very difficult time. We have lost angel today. I miss you Gia...".
Several others also Tweeted just minutes apart:
Melissa Rycroft @MelissaRycroft: Life can be so surreal sometimes....
Desiree Hartsock @DesHartsock: So incredibly sad to hear the news. Love and prayers go out to Gia's family and friends.
Gia was also very involved with several charities over the years and most notably with Alex's Lemonade Stand. She was in attendance at the event in New York City (She's a Howard Beach, Queens native) to raise money for pediatric cancer and click here to see an interview with her from 2010: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/video?id=7637488.
My thoughts and condolences go out to Gia's family and her boyfriend, New Orleans Pelicans player Ryan Anderson, who were said to be at her side when she passed.