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Gia Allemand's funeral plans announced and memorial service held in New Orleans


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/19/2013 

Gia Allemand's family has announced funeral arrangements for the former The Bachelor and Bachelor Pad contestant, who passed away from apparent suicide last week at age 29.

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Allemand's wake and funeral will be held in New York this week following a memorial service which took place in New Orleans on Saturday and featured about 50 people gathering to remember the former reality TV star.

Visitation has been scheduled for Wednesday from 2-5PM and 7-9PM ET at the Papavero Funeral Home in Maspeth, NY. Allemand's funeral service will then take place at 11AM on Thursday at Trinity Grace Church in Chelsea, NY.

"After much consideration by family members to privacy and capacity issues, both days will be open with the intention to welcome family and friends from near and far. Absolutely no cameras or cell phones will be permitted inside," Allemand's family announced in a statement.

"All arrangements have been made by family in an effort to honor Gia the best way they know how."

Allemand's memorial service over the weekend was held at a location along the banks of the Mississippi River, E! News reported. Her colleagues at Pure Barre gym, where Allemand worked as a fitness instructor, reportedly organized the prayerful event.

The invitation to the service read, "Today, we wear this white ribbon in Gia's honor. Please join us in prayer as we toss white flowers into the river to symbolize that our love and memory of her will continue to flow in our hearts," according to the website.

Ryan Anderson, Allemand's boyfriend, found Allemand hanging and unconscious in their home last Monday night.

When Anderson discovered Allemand, he immediately contacted 911 and she was taken to University Hospital in New Orleans.  After remaining in critical condition and on life support, Allemand passed away on Wednesday when her life support was withdrawn due to the fact she had "a critical loss of brain and organ function," according to a previous family statement.

Allemand competed on The Bachelor's fourteenth season, which aired in 2010 and starred Jake Pavelka.

Allemand was one of the last three The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love bachelorettes in the running to receive Pavelka's final rose, however he eliminated her in favor of Tenley Molzahn and Vienna Girardi at the season's penultimate Rose Ceremony.

Afterward, Allemand returned to compete on the first and second seasons of the reality dating show's Bachelor Pad spinoff, which aired in 2010 and 2011 respectively.



(Photo credit ABC)


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