A contestant from The Bachelor is dead today after a reported suicide, and her story is devastating.
Lex McAllister, who appeared on Season 14 of The Bachelor with Jake Pavelka, died Tuesday morning in a Columbus, Ohio, hospital after an apparently purposeful prescription drug overdose.
Local law enforcement received a 911 call Saturday afternoon after McAllister was found unresponsive. She was initially listed in stable condition, but took a turn for the worse and by Tuesday, her family decided to remove her from life support.
A source close to McAllister told TMZ that she suffered from depression and bipolar disorder. The information she shared publicly on her Facebook revealed no signs of her struggle, and she lists herself as being in a relationship with a man named Matt Danielson, who, although originally from Columbus, now lists his home as Indianapolis, Indiana.
McAllister was active on Instagram as recently as a week ago, when she wished her longtime best friend a happy birthday.
“Happy Birthday my longest running bestie. Our story began like most great stories: I hit you in the face with a baseball...love you. #bestiesforlife #birthdaygirl #30something #buddies” she wrote.
Although McAllister was eliminated in the first week of her The Bachelor season, she hit the spotlight once again when she spoke out against rumors that Vienna Girardi cheated on Pavelka, causing their breakup.
"I find it hard to believe that she is guilty of anything negative in the breakup... except for falling in love with a man whose heart was clearly not available for her in the first place,” she told TMZ.
McAllister is not the first of Pavelka’s rejected ladies to commit suicide. Gia Allemand, another Season 14 contestant, took her own life in 2013 after an argument with her boyfriend. Pavelka, who tweeted very emotional messages after Allemand's passing, has not commented on McAllister as of this writing.
If you suspect someone might be considering suicide, or you have struggled with those thoughts yourself, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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