Former Bachelorette Contestant Michael Nance Dies at Age 31

May 30, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. ET
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The morning after one of the all-time greatest episodes of The Bachelorette ever to air, Bachelor Nation was rocked by some terrible news. Michael Nance, one of the men who vied for Emily Maynard's heart during Season 8, has died.

Nance's official cause of death hasn't been determined, but social media posts from those who knew him seem to point toward substance abuse as a possible factor. A spokesperson for the Austin Police Department Homicide Unit would only say that Nance's death was not being treated as a crime.

"At this point it is not a suspicious death and the manner will be determined by the medical examiner," the spokesperson told E! News, adding that officers were sent to investigate an unresponsive male in the early morning on Wednesday. Nance was pronounced dead at 2:54 a.m.

Maynard took to Twitter after hearing the news, writing, "So sad waking up to the news about Michael Nance. Such a kind heart with so much talent. Sending prayers and love to his family and friends."

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Other former stars of the show also expressed their condolences on social media, including Sean Lowe, Chris Bukowski and Arie Luyendyk Jr., who wrote that Nance had struggled with addiction.

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This isn't the first time Bachelor Nation has been rocked by the death of one of its stars. Eric Hill, a competitor on Andi Dorfman's season of The Bachelorette, died in a paragliding accident just before his season aired. Erin Storm, a competitor on The Bachelor Season 12, died in a plane crash. To date, three former Bachelor or Bachelorette contestants have taken their own lives: Gia Allemand, Julien Hug and Lex McAllister.

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