Gia Allemand, who first appeared in season 14 of The Bachelor with Jake Pavelka, has died at the age of 29, EW has confirmed. Allemand was hospitalized in New Orleans on August 12 after a “serious medical event.” According to People, Allemand died of apparent suicide.
The former model and dancer with the sweet demeanor and endearing New York accent became a Bachelor Nation favorite after making it to the final three on The Bachelor. She later went on to compete in two seasons of Bachelor Pad, where she entered into a short-lived romance with fellow contestant Wes Hayden. In her post-Bachelor life, Allemand – who was dating NBA player Ryan Anderson at the time of her death – lived in New Orleans where she worked as a Pure Barre instructor. She remained a part of the Bachelor family, however, recently tweeting a photo of herself at a Bachelorette finale viewing party with her fellow Pad contestant Rachel Truehart.
“I am in complete shock and devastated to hear the news about Gia,” Pavelka told People. “She was one of the sweetest people I have ever known. And a very dear friend. My heart goes out to her family during this very difficult time. We have lost an angel today.”
“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,” read a statement from Allemand’s family.
Bachelor host Chris Harrison tweeted about the news: “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.”