Gia Allemand Dead: 'Bachelor' Star Dies At 29 (UPDATE)


"Bachelor" contestant and model Gia Allemand died Wednesday, according to E! News.

The 29-year-old, who appeared on Season 14 of the ABC dating show, was hospitalized in critical condition in New Orleans Monday following "a serious emergency medical event." Details of the medical event were not released, but it was later revealed that Allemand was placed on life support, E! reported.

TMZ confirmed the news of Allemand's death with a family member. People magazine confirmed via a hospital source.

Her family and her NBA star boyfriend, New Orleans Pelicans player Ryan Anderson, were by her side when she was admitted to University Hospital.

A representative for Allemand and a media contact for ABC's "The Bachelor" could not be immediately reached for comment.

After the news of her death surfaced, Season 14 bachelor Jake Pavelka and Season 14 winner Vienna Girardi both tweeted their condolences. Ali Fedotowsky, who competed on the season with Allemand, also posted a message in memory of her friend.

UPDATE: The PR company that represented Gia Allemand, Penelope Jean Media, released a statement on behalf of the "Bachelor" contestant's family Wednesday afternoon.

Television personality and Model/Actress Gia Marie Allemand (29) passed away today at University Hospital, New Orleans. While in her residency in New Orleans on Monday night, Ms. Allemand was found by her boyfriend, NBA Basketball Player Ryan Anderson, following an apparent suicide attempt. Mr. Anderson contacted 911 and emergency medical crews were immediately dispatched to the scene. Tuesday, Ms. Allemand remained in the hospital unconscious in critical condition and on life support. Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn today. Ms. Allemand passed away peacefully with her mother, boyfriend, and other life-long friends by her side.

The statement goes on to say that Allemand, a practicing Christian, received her Last Rites. Her funeral arrangements will be announced in an upcoming statement. The family has asked for privacy at this time.

UPDATE: "The Bachelor" host Chris Harrison released a statement regarding Gia Allemand's death. "We are absolutely devastated at the sad news of Gia’s passing," he said. "She was a wonderful person and we are all that much better for having known her and having her in our lives. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and we will very much respect their privacy at this most difficult time."

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