Gia Allemand's shocking and sudden death was the result of suicide, her family has confirmed.
The Bachelor star was rushed to University Hospital in New Orleans Monday night after her boyfriend, Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Pelicans, found her unresponsive at home.
"Television personality and Model/Actress Gia Marie Allemand (29) passed away today at University Hospital, New Orleans," the family said in a statement released to press today.
"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"Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn today.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."
Sean Lowe tweeted his condolences to the Allemand family upon hearing the news this morning.
My prayers go out to @GiaAllemand 's family during this time. Life on earth is but a vapor and she's with our Lord now.— Sean Lowe (@SeanLowe09) August 14, 2013
Jake Pavelka, who famously eliminated Allemand from The Bachelor in 2010, is "devastated" by the news.
I had to pull over, I can't stop crying. We have lost an angel.— Jake Pavelka (@jakepavelka1) August 14, 2013
I am in complete shock and devastated to hear the news about Gia. She was one of the sweetest people I have ever known.— Jake Pavelka (@jakepavelka1) August 14, 2013
And a very dear friend. My heart goes out to her family during this very difficult time. We have lost angel today. I miss you Gia...— Jake Pavelka (@jakepavelka1) August 14, 2013
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