Published August 15, 2013
Gia Allemand, the model and reality TV star girlfriend of NBA Pelicans player Ryan Anderson, died on Wednesday, two days after being rushed to the hospital after an apparent suicide attempt. She was 29.
According to a statement from her publicist, Allemand, former cast member of ABC's "The Bachelor" and "Bachelor Pad" was taken Monday night to University Hospital following "a serious emergency medical event."
"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," her rep said in a statement.
Allemand was then taken to a New Orleans hospital in critical condition.
"Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn today.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," her rep stated.
Her family said in a statement Allemand will be remembered "as a caring woman who loved her family and was well-known for her compassion towards animals and mission to rescue homeless pets."
The creator and executive producer of "The Bachelor" released a statement Wednesday night, saying "the entire 'Bachelor' family is tremendously saddened by the tragic passing of our friend, Gia."
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"She was truly a sweet and generous soul," Mike Fleiss continued. "This is a devastating loss for anyone who ever knew her.”
Vienna Girardi, who won season 14 of "The Bachelor" tweeted about Allemand's death.
"Gia you are my angel! You changed so many lives with your beautiful soul and will be missed and loved forever," she wrote.