Sad news: The Bachelor star Gia Allemand has died, her rep confirms.
The 29-year-old was rushed to University Hospital in New Orleans on Monday night following an "emergency medical event." She was placed on life support while her mother and longtime boyfriend, Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Pelicans, held vigil at her side.
Her rep released a statement Wednesday revealing that Allemand's death was the result of a suicide attempt:
While in her [residence] 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Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn today.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. As a practicing Christian, Gia did receive the sacrament of last rites.
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.
Girardi expressed her condolences over the loss of her friend and co-star.
"Gia was a beautiful girl and an unbelievable friend. I'm shocked and can't believe what happened to her," Girardi told TMZ. "She seemed so happy, but never know the demons people are fighting inside. I will never forget her and will miss my friend forever."