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The Bachelor star dies

2013-08-15 08:10
 
Gia Allemand
New Orleans - Gia Allemand, who was the girlfriend of NBA Pelicans player Ryan Anderson and appeared on ABC's The Bachelor and Bachelor Pad, has died, her publicist said on Wednesday. She was 29.

Allemand was taken on Monday night to University Hospital in New Orleans after a suicide attempt, the publicist, Penelope Jean Hayes, said in a written statement.

Anderson found the reality star and called for help. Allemand was taken off life support on Wednesday because of "a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn."

Hayes said Allemand died with her "mother, boyfriend and other life-long friends by her side."

'Cherish those memories we made'


In a statement provided to the AP by Anderson, he thanked family, friends and fans for "all the love and support."

"Gia was the most beautiful person I knew inside and out and she always smiled and made everyone else around her smile," Anderson said. "She had such an amazing impact on my life and anyone that knew her was blessed. All I have left is to cherish those memories we made together and help perpetuate the many values, faith and love that we shared."

Hayes did not provide further details about how Allemand died.

'We have lost an angel'

Allemand, a professional ballet dancer and actress, began modelling when as a baby she did Johnson & Johnson ads and also appeared as a Gerber baby. In addition, she did modelling work for Maxim magazine.

In her 2010 appearance on The Bachelor, she was the third-runner up on the show featuring love interest Jake Pavelka. According to a statement from his publicist, Charmaine Blake, Pavelka offered well wishes to Allemand's family.

"We have lost an angel and a very dear friend," said Pavelka, who added that he and Allemand remained friends after the show's end.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

* Bachelor Pad season 3 is currently airing on Vuzu (DStv 116) on Fridays at 20:30.

- AP

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