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The family of a contestant from Season 14 of ABC's The Bachelor says that 29-year-old Gia Allemand was found in her New Orleans home by her NBA player boyfriend Ryan Anderson on Monday night following an apparent suicide.
People confirmed the news after Allemand died Wednesday following a "critical loss of brain and organ function" her family said in a statement.
After finding Allemand, Anderson called 911 and she was hospitalized at University Hospital in New Orleans, where she was listed in critical condition after what her publicist described as "a serious emergency medical event."
She was taken off life support Wednesday.
The Bachelor alum, a former model, was one of the final three women trying to woo Jake Pavelka during the reality show's 2009 season.
Pavelka tweeted his grief Wednesday, "I had to pull over, I can't stop crying. We have lost an angel."
Although she didn't end up winning Pavelka's heart on the show, Allemand later found love with Anderson, who reportedly stayed by her side throughout her medical ordeal and death.
According to a publicist for both Allemand and Anderson, the 29-year-old's mother was also by her side and they are asking for privacy "on behalf of the family."