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Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn today.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
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....
Ali Fedotowsky @AliFedotowsky: We lost an incredible human being today. @giaallemand http://instagram.com/p/dAWjjkjP9n/
Chris Harrison @chrisbharrison
: 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.
Michelle Money @MoneyMichelle: Two years ago today my amazing father passed away. Today
another angel is joining him in heaven. Such a sad sad day. #HeartBroken
William Holman @WilliamFHolman: :( lucky enough I got to hold you Gia pic.twitter.com/5XrDcqkexe
Nick Peterson @NickPetersonTV: Crushed to hear the devastating news of @GiaAllemand's passing. Had the
opportunity to spend time with her and I know she's in heaven.
Rose @EricaTheRose: I'm in shock and disbelief to hear the news about @GiaAllemand padding. She is truly
an angel and will be forever missed by #bachelornation
Jillian Harris @jillianharris: I am just hearing this horrific news. I am in disbelief. My
heart is breaking for my #BachelorNation
family. I'm so sorry my little family
Justin Rego @JustinRatedR: I honestly dont know what to say right now.. giaallemand you
will be missed and remembered by family,… http://instagram.com/p/dAVRpJTRbu/
Trista Sutter @tristasutter: #BachelorNation
please join me in sending thoughts & prayers 2 @GiaAllemand 's family & all
those who were blessed 2 know her. #angeltoosoon
Desiree Hartsock @DesHartsock: So incredibly sad to hear the news. Love and prayers go out
to Gia's family and friends.
wes hayden @wesleyhayden: I will miss you Gia, you were an awesome woman and I thank
God I got to be part of your life if only… http://instagram.com/p/dAU3tuPWlj/
Trista Sutter @tristasutter: "@peoplemag:
The Bachelor's @GiaAllemand has
died. http://ow.ly/nVVZW " Heartbroken. We
will miss you beautiful girl.
Jessie Sulidis @jessiesulidis: #ripgiaallemand
giaallemand ! You will be missed! I will always remember how much crazy fun we
Sean Lowe @SeanLowe09: 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.
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.