Gia Allemand dead at 29: Former 'Bachelor' contestant dies of apparent suicide
The reality star passed away at the University Hospital in New Orleans, where she had been taken in critical condition.
The reality show contestant, who appeared on season 14 of the series, was admitted to University Hospital in New Orleans in critical condition on Monday night for "a serious emergency medical event," her publicist told the Associated Press.
Gia Allemand and her boyfriend Ryan Anderson in an instagram photo. @giaallemand via Instagram According to TMZ, Allemand's boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson, found Alleman in her home Monday night and rushed her to the hospital. She was put on life support for "critical loss of brain and organ function."
Allemand on her season of 'The Bachelor.' Anderson and Allemand's mother reportedly remained at the hospital by the star's side until life support was removed on Wednesday.
Her close friend Melinda Farina tweeted to Allemand's fans to ask for support.
Allemand was admitted for an unspecified medical emergency at a New Orleans hospital Monday night. "I'm so sad about my best friend right now," Farina wrote. "How could this have happened to such an incredible person."
Gia Allemand with the cast of 'The Bachelor Pad.' Allemand finished third in her season of "The Bachelor," ultimately losing Jake Pavelka's rose to Vienna Girardi.
Girardi tweeted about the news. "Gia you are my angel! You changed so many lives with your beautiful soul and will be missed and loved forever," she wrote.
Allemand had been dating NBA player Ryan Anderson. Former "Bachelor" Sean Lowe tweeted his condolences to Allemand's family.
"My prayers go out to @GiaAllemand's family during this time," Lowe wrote. "Life on earth is but a vapor and she's with our Lord now."
Before she gained fame on "The Bachelor," Allemand was a model, actress, and ballet dancer. She began working at a young age, appearing in commercials for Gerber and Johnson & Johnson. Allemand attended the University of Hartford, where she took acting classes. Long before she was romantically linked with Anderson, Allemand also dated Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano.