Former "Bachelor" stars like Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi are speaking out about the shocking suicide of former contestant Gia Allemand, who reportedly hanged herself in her New Orleans home Monday.
Allemand's boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Pelicans, found her unconscious body Monday night and called 911, TMZ reported.
She was placed on life support, but it was withdrawn Wednesday because the 29-year-old reality star and model had suffered a "critical loss of brain and organ function."
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Allemand was one of the final three women on Season 14 of "The Bachelor" in 2010 and also took part in two seasons of the game show follow-up "Bachelor Pad," where castoffs compete for a chance to win $250,000.
On her season of the reality dating show, Allemand competed for the love of pilot Jake Pavelka. She made it to the final three before being eliminated, and Pavelka went on to propose to Vienna Girardi.
"I am in complete shock and devastated to hear the news about Gia," Pavelka told People magazine of Allemand's death.
"She was one of the sweetest people I have ever known. And a very dear friend. My heart goes out to her family during this very difficult time. We have lost an angel today."
Girardi, who formed a close friendship with Allemand while the two were on "The Bachelor," also spoke out about her suicide.
"Gia was a beautiful girl and an unbelievable friend," Girardi told TMZ. "I'm shocked and can’t believe what happened to her. She seemed so happy, but you never know the demons people are fighting inside. I will never forget her and will miss my friend forever."
Sources said Allemand might have been upset about her rocky relationship with Anderson, according to TMZ.
Anderson released a statement Wednesday about his longtime girlfriend's passing.
"I'm deeply grateful for all the love and support we have received from family, friends, and fans," Anderson's statement read. "Gia was the most beautiful person I knew inside and out and she always smiled and made everyone else around her smile."
Pavelka, Girardi, and other "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" alumni also posted touching Twitter tributes to Allemand.
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