'Bachelor' star Gia Allemand dead at 29 & everyone's wondering what happened
Former The Bachelor contestant Gia Allemand died earlier this afternoon after being hospitalized Monday for unknown reasons, and briefly on life support. The 29-year-old model was rushed to University Hospital in New Orleans for which her publicist said was a "serious emergency medical event," which some sources are speculating could be a suicide attempt or a drug overdose.
According to reports, her mother and NBA basketball player boyfriend, Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Pelicans, were by her bedside when she was first hospitalized. This is so incredibly heartbreaking.
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The reality star is best known for appearing as a contestant on The Bachelor in 2010 with Jake Pavelka and was one of the three runner ups who lost out to Vienna Girardi during the 14th season. Allemand later went on to appear on season one of The Bachelor Pad in 2011.
Since news of her hospitalization, former Bachelor stars have taken to Twitter to send message of love and prayers to Allemand and her family. Pavelka tweeted a message to Allemand saying: "Please pray for @GiaAllemand... A dear friend and one of the sweetest women I know... #powerofprayer."
The model's best friend, Melinda Farina, also sent a similar message stating just how serious Allemand's condition is. "#Deep #Prayers to my best friend @giaallemand who is in #ICU on life support right now...I was justttt with her ..This makes me so so sad. Please everybody send good thoughts and strength her way.. She needs it more than ever right now!!"
A statement issued by her publicist asked for privacy for her family during this difficult time. She added that further information will become available as they receive updates on her condition.
This story really breaks my heart! I'm sure doctors did everything they could to save Allemand, but sometimes things can't be helped. I can't imagine how hard this must be on her loved ones. If this was indeed a suicide attempt, it's even more heartbreaking to see someone who was so beautiful and seemed to have everything take her own life. Our prayers are with Allemand's family during this time.
Update: We're saddened to report that Allemand died of an apparent suicide by hanging. TMZ reports that Anderson found her unconcious body Monday night and rushed her to the hospital. Our condolences go out to her family as they mourn the loss of a woman who left this world way too soon.
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