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NBA star Ryan Anderson has released a statement in the wake of girlfriend and former Bachelor star Gia Allemand's apparent suicide.
"I'm deeply grateful for all the love and support we have received from family, friends and fans," says Anderson in a statement obtained by People magazine. "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."
Anderson reportedly found the 29-year-old model/actress in her New Orleans home on Monday night after her apparent suicide attempt. She was taken off of life support on Wednesday.