“Bachelor” Contestant Gia Allemand Dead of Apparent Suicide

Gia Allemand, a New York-born fitness instructor who once competed for Jake Pavelka’s heart on ABC’s The Bachelor, died Wednesday of an apparent suicide.

Her rep has released the following statement on her death:

“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.”

The press release continues:

“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 Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn today.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. As a practicing Christian, Gia did receive the sacrament of last rites.”

Allemand, a former Maxim model, was one of the final three women wooing Pavelka during The Bachelor’s 2009 finale. ABC previously confirmed that the brunette beauty was rushed to a New Orleans hospital “following a serious emergency medical event” on Monday night.

The nature of her injuries was not immediately disclosed; but Gia, 29, was reportedly in good spirits just a week before taking her life.

“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. Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming in another official statement once available. On behalf of the family, we sincerely ask for privacy at this time.”

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