Bachelor Contestant Dead After Apparent Suicide

Gia Allemand, 29, died with family at New Orleans hospital

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 14, 2013 4:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – A former Bachelor contestant died today in New Orleans, two days after she apparently tried to kill herself, CNN reports. Gia Allemand was found unconscious at home by her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson, and taken to University Hospital, where the 29-year-old was kept on life support until today. "Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn," reads a statement from her family, according to Yahoo TV. "Ms. Allemand passed away peacefully with her mother, boyfriend, and other lifelong friends by her side."

Allemand was on The Bachelor in 2010 opposite airline pilot Jake Pavelka; while she didn't win the final rose, she did compete for two seasons on the spinoff Bachelor Pad. "As a practicing Christian, Gia did receive the sacrament of last rites," reads the family statement. "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."

From left, Tenley Molzahn, Gia Allemand, and Vienna Girardi, competing for 32-year-old commercial flight instructor Jake Pavelka, are shown on "The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love."   (AP Photo/ABC, Greg Zabilski)
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