We are sorry to report that Ryan Anderson’s longtime girlfriend, Gia Allemand, who was placed on life support Tuesday after being rushed to the hospital for an undisclosed “serious medical event,” has passed away at the age of 29. Allemand was a contestant on season 14 of ABC’s The Bachelor.
According to TMZ:
“Bachelor” star Gia Allemand — who appeared on Season 14 of the show — is dead, a family member tells TMZ…
Allemand’s mother and longtime boyfriend NBA player Ryan Anderson — of the New Orleans Pelicans — were at her side when she died.
UPDATE: According to the official statement from her family via publicist Penelope Jean, the 29-year-old reality TV star died of an apparent suicide.
While in her residency 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Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn today.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.
And a statement from Ryan Anderson via Penelope Jean:
“I’m deeply grateful for all the love and support we have received from family, friends and fans. Gia was the most beautiful person I knew inside and out and she always smiled and made everyone else around her smile. 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.” – Ryan Anderson