Gia Allemand reportedly hung herself, been upset over rocky relationship with beau Ryan Anderson
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/15/2013
Gia Allemand reportedly hung herself and had been distraught about her relationship with boyfriend Ryan Anderson before her apparent suicide.
Anderson found the 29-year-old former The Bachelor bachelorette and Bachelor Pad contestant hanging and unconscious in her home on Monday night, and according to multiple sources close to Allemand, the reality TV star had been "extremely upset" about the couple's "rocky relationship," TMZ reported.
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After remaining in critical condition and on life support, Allemand passed away on Wednesday when her life support was withdrawn due to the fact she had "a critical loss of brain and organ function," according to an official statement released by Allemand's representative on behalf of her family.
Anderson, who was at Allemand's side at the time of her death -- along with Allemand's mother and life-long friends -- released a statement obtained by TMZ regarding the loss of his girlfriend.
"I'm deeply grateful for all the love and support we have received from family, friends and fans. Gia was the most beautiful person I knew inside and out and she always smiled and made everyone else around her smile," Anderson explained.
"She had such an amazing impact on my life and anyone that knew her was blessed. All I have left is to cherish those memories we made together and help perpetuate the many values, faith and love that we shared."
The details of Allemand's funeral arrangements have not been disclosed yet and her family is requesting privacy at this time.
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.
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