With ‘Heavy Hearts,’ ‘Bachelor’ Stars and Friends Mourn Gia

Gia Allemand, seen here in 2011 (Photo: Getty Images)

Friends and co-stars from Gia Allemand’s seasons on “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelor Pad” are sharing their grief.

Allemand, 29, died Wednesday in New Orleans following an apparent suicide on Monday. Hours after her death was announced, statements of grief and remembrance began to appear from those who knew her.

Allemand was the second runner-up on Season 14 of “The Bachelor” starring Jake Pavelka, who says we’ve lost “lost an angel.”

“I am in complete shock and devastated to hear the news about Gia. She was one of the sweetest people I have ever known,” Pavelka wrote. “I had to pull over, I can’t stop crying. We have lost an angel.”

“The entire ‘Bachelor’ family is tremendously saddened by the tragic passing of our friend, Gia,” said “Bachelor” creator Mike Fleiss in a statement. “She was truly a sweet and generous soul. This is a devastating loss for anyone who ever knew her.”

Allemand’s longtime boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson, who found her unconscious in her New Orleans home Monday night, was shocked by Gia’s death, according to Eonline.

“I’m deeply grateful for all the love and support we have received from family, friends and fans. Gia was the most beautiful person I knew inside and out and she always smiled and made everyone else around her smile,” Anderson said in a statement.

He continued: “She had such an amazing impact on my life and anyone that knew her was blessed. All I have left is to cherish those memories we made together and help perpetuate the many values, faith and love that we shared.”

Watch Gia Allemand’s Last TV Interview Below:

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Others from the “Bachelor” Nation chimed in with their sympathies.

“Our hearts are so heavy in hearing the news on Gia,” said a statement from Jason and Molly Resnick,. “With everything that comes along with the Bachelor, the biggest gain that each of us walks away with is a new “family”, and our family has lost a beautiful soul far too soon. She will always be in our hearts, and our thoughts & prayers go out to Gia’s family, friends, and loved ones.”

Said Melissa Rycroft: “Gia was such a joyous person to be around. She was the person that in any room drew a crowd because she exuded positive energy and friendliness. This is beyond tragic and my thoughts and prayers go out to her loved ones.”

“Gia you are my angel! You changed so many lives with your beautiful soul and will be missed and loved forever,” said Vienna Girardi.

“What I can say about Gia is that she was a beautiful girl,” read another tribute, this one from Tenley Molzahn. “Her heart shined through her smile. She was a little spitfire and lived life to the fullest. You look at her Twitter or Instagram and she didn’t ever seem to have a dull moment.

“My heart is heavy, along with many others today. She leaves us with a beautiful example of how to live life in faith, in joy, and in beauty. My deepest condolences to her boyfriend, her family, and her closest friends. Let’s celebrate Gia, and look at the way she lived as an inspiration. Many, many sad people today.”

“Bachelor” host Chris Harrison weighed in with a “heavy heart” message of his own. “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,” he wrote on Twitter.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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