29-year-old former The Bachelor contestant Gia Allemand has died after suffering a medical emergency and receiving ICU care, E News reports. TMZ says that Gia committed suicide by hanging herself. She was allegedly found unresponsive in her home on Monday by her boyfriend. She was placed on life support, but suffered “critical loss of brain and organ function.” Her family elected today to take her off of life support. Sources told TMZ she was upset over a “rocky” relationship with her boyfriend.
Although the cause of her illness and death was not initially reported, those close to her were distraught after her hospitalization, saying only that she was “very sick.”
She was admitted Monday night to University Hospital in New Orleans after suffering what her publicist called a “a serious emergency medical event.” Her mother and her boyfriend New Orleans Pelicans basketball player Ryan Anderson were by her side at the hospital where she was placed on life support.
Gia appeared on The Bachelor 14, and was one of bachelor Jake Pavelka’s top two choices. She also appeared on a couple of seasons of Bachelor Pad. Jake tweeted after learning of her death: “I had to pull over, I can’t stop crying. We have lost an angel.”
Our thoughts are with her family, boyfriend, and friends during this terrible time.