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Spoiler King Reality Steve already mentioned that Bachelorette Season 7 suitor West Lee, 30, was married right out of college, but his wife passed away a few years ago. Now details are emerging about what happened.

According to Star magazine, West’s wife, Sarah, drowned in their bathtub on September 9, 2007. It reportedly happened right after they argued, with West in the other room. Although Sarah’s death was ruled accidental, her mother thinks Bachelorette Ashley Hebert should keep away from West.

“I believe that West was my daughter’s enabler, and I just feel he had something to do with Sarah’s death,” Dianna Sapp told Star, via RadarOnline, which received an exclusive preview of Star’s story. “I would tell Ashley to think long and hard before getting into a relationship with him.”

RadarOnline references the police report, in which West told police that shortly before Sarah died, they argued about three car accidents she had been involved in within days. West admitted that they had smoked pot.

According to the police report, “After several minutes the victim stood up and said to the complainant, ‘I’ve just had an epiphany.’” She kissed West and locked herself in the bathroom. After an hour, West forced open the door and found Sarah submerged and lifeless.

West has been working as an Assistant Attorney General at the South Carolina Attorney General's Office since September 2008. At Clemson University in South Carolina — where he received his B.A. in Spanish, Political Science, and Speech & Communication — he wrote for the student newspaper, acted with the Clemson Players, and was elected a Student Senator. He also pledged Phi Delta Theta at Clemson and Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity at Washington and Lee University law school.

It’s been four years since his wife’s death and hopefully West is “a changed man” who has matured beyond the pot and party phase. Is it fair to hold this against him? It sounds like he could use a fresh start, too.

Source: RadarOnline

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