Gia Allemand, Former Bachelor Contestant, Dead at 29

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Very sad news today out of the television world:

Gia Allemand, a contestant on Season 14 of The Bachelor opposite Jake Pavelka, has passed away at the age of 29.

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Multiple outlets confirmed that Allemand was hospitalized in New Orleans yesterday following a "serious medical event." She was then placed on life support and passed away this afternoon, though no further details are available at this time.

Gia Allemand, a New York native, also competed on the first two seasons of Bachelor Pad and was dating NBA player Ryan Anderson at the time of her death.

We send our thoughts and prayers to Allemand's loved ones.

UPDATE: Gia’s family has released a statement that says Anderson discovered her in her home following a suicide attempt and called 911. The full statement reads:

"Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn. 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."

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