Allemand was found Monday night by her NBA player boyfriend Ryan Anderson in her New Orleans home and rushed to the hospital in what was first reported as “a serious emergency medical event.” It was later reported on Wednesday — here on Eonline — that Allemand had hanged herself.
On Tuesday, she was listed in critical condition, with Anderson and her mother by her side.
She died Wednesday, according to a hospital source.
Allemand’s family released a statement Wednesday:
“Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn on Wednesday. Ms. Allemand passed away peacefully with her mother, boyfriend, and other lifelong 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,” the statement also read.
A model and aspiring actress, Allemand was a contestant on Season 14 of “The Bachelor,” where she romanced pilot Jake Pavelka and finished as the second runner-up. She went on to appear on ABC’s “Bachelor” spinoff “Bachelor Pad” in 2010.
After the news of Allemand’s tragic death, “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison Tweeted: “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.”
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Watch Gia Allemand’s Last TV Interview Below:
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