UPDATE: Bachelor Pad Star Gia Allemand, 29, Dead by Suicide
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UPDATE: Bachelor Pad Star Gia Allemand, 29, Dead by Suicide

UPDATE, 11:49am PST 8/15/13: According to a statement from Gia's publicist, her funeral will be open to the public and will take place on an undetermined date at Papavero Funeral Home in New York.

UPDATE, 4:45pm PST:
Multiple sources now report that Gia's death was the result of a self-hanging.

UPDATE: TMZ sources reveal that Gia Allemand's official cause of death is suicide. Boyfriend Ryan Anderson found her unresponsive Monday evening in their home. This story will have further updates as more details emerge. Our thoughts are with Gia's family and friends.

Gia's rep released an official statement that Gia "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."

Original story:

On August 14, 2013, Bachelor Season 14 and Bachelor Pad 1 and 2 star Gia Allemand passed away in New Orleans. The 29-year-old New York native was rushed to the hospital on Monday, August 12, and had been in critical condition with no details released on the cause of her hospitalization.

Gia’s mother and longtime boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson were at her side at University Hospital in New Orleans, along with her pastor and childhood best friend, according to Gia’s close friend Melinda Farina. Gia had been put on life support and friends and family asked for prayers as their loved one struggled to hang on.

At 11:41am, E! News reported that Gina Maria Allemand had been declared brain dead and passed away. No word has been released on what happened to cause Gia’s hospitalization, but the family released a statement in regards to her health. "On behalf of the family, we kindly ask for privacy at this time."

Gia moved to New Orleans a year ago to live with Ryan, who she started seeing in April 2011. "I've been on an emotional roller coaster between The Bachelor and Bachelor Pad, so it's good to find some stability," Gia told Life & Style back in May 2011. "I finally found what I've been looking for." Two years later, TMZ describes the couple as "rocky," reporting that Gia was "extremely upset" about their relationship before her untimely death.

Before meeting Ryan, Gia briefly dated hockey player Chris Campoli and former Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano.

Our hearts go out to her family, friends, and everyone who was touched by her sweet spirit. Rest in peace, Gia.

Bachelor Nation reacted to Gia’s passing with emotional, prayer-driven tweets.

Jake Pavelka ‏@jakepavelka1 I had to pull over, I can't stop crying. We have lost an angel.

Vienna Girardi ‏@ViennaGirardi Gia you are my angel! You changed so many lives with your beautiful soul and will be missed and loved forever.

Jessie Sulidis ‏@jessiesulidis #RIPGiaAllemand So sad to have lost such a beautiful, talented & amazing person I had the privilege of having in my life.

Sean Lowe ‏@SeanLowe09 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.

Jason Mesnick ‏@jason_mesnick My heart is so heavy right now, I remember meeting you for the first time & the huge smile on your face. You are in my prayers @GiaAllemand

Molly Mesnick ‏@MollyMesnick Such a sad day...love, prayers, and thoughts to Gia's family and close friends :(

Ashley S. ‏@AshleySpivey Very sad to hear about @GiaAllemand. Give your family and friends extra big hugs today and remind them how much they mean to you.

Jesse Kovacs ‏@JesseAKovacs Unbelievable tragedy. Showing support to the Allemand family. @GiaAllemand will be missed.

DeAnna Stagliano ‏@DeAnnaPappas Sad to hear @GiaAllemand passing. Thoughts & prayers go out to loved ones, family members, & all that were close to her. God got an angel.

Jenna Burke ‏@TheOverAnalyst We lost a loved one but heaven gained an angel. I will miss you sweet Gia Allemand. You will always be in our hearts and thoughts. ❤ You

Source: Twitter / E! News

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