Gia Allemand, who appeared on ABC’s dating show, The Bachelor and Bachelor Pad was found by her boyfriend/NBA star, Ryan Anderson, after an apparent suicide attempt in their New Orleans home.
According to her PR firm, Penelope Jean Media, the swimsuit model/actress was taken off life support and died after losing critical brain and organ functions.
Penelope Jean Media released the following statement on behalf her family.
(New Orleans, LA – August 14, 2013) – “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 Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn today.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. Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming in another official statement once available. On behalf of the family, we sincerely ask for privacy at this time..”
To read the full statement and for future updates, click HERE
Bachelor fans are shocked and devastated by the news of Gia’s sudden death.
She became a fan favorite as her sweet personality shined during her season on The Bachelor and Bachelor Pad.
Her fellow bachelor co stars, Ally Fedotowski, Vienna Girardi and season 14′s bachelor, Jake Pavelka, posted their condolences on twitter as soon as the devastating news surfaced.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)