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Gia Allemand dead at 29: Former 'Bachelor' contestant dies of apparent suicide by hanging

Thursday, August 15, 2013
By ELEANOR GOWER, DANIEL BATES and JADE WATKINS

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'Bachelor' star Gia Allemand has died at age 29.

Former Bachelor star Gia Allemand died at the age of 29 after committing suicide by hanging herself, TMZ reports.
Gia's boyfriend Ryan Anderson - who has released a statement on the tragic news - is said to have discovered her body hanging and unconcscious in her home and immediately called 911.
In a statement today, NBA player Ryan has payed tribute to his girlfriend saying: '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.'

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Gia Allemand and her boyfriend Ryan Anderson in an instagram photo. @giaallemand via Instagram

Following the 911 emergency call, Gia was taken to University Hospital in New Orleans on Monday where she was put on life support.
On Tuesday she remained in hospital unconscious in critical condition and on continued life support.
It was on Wednesday that life support was withdrawn after her condition failed to improve, and her family released a statement confirming that she had died.
TMZ have also claimed that Gia has been 'upset about a rocky relationship with her boyfriend Ryan Anderson'.
However, Gia was frequently posting happy photos of herself with Ryan, most recently a shot of the pair in Las Vegas at the end of last month.

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Gia Allemand and her boyfriend Ryan Anderson in an Instagram photo with the caption " Noodle stealer"

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Allemand on her season of 'The Bachelor.'

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Allemand had been dating NBA player Ryan Anderson.

In his statement, Ryan said: 'I'm deeply grateful for all the love and support we have received from family, friends and fans.'
Adding: 'All I have left is to cherish those memories we made together and help perpetuate the many values, faith and love that we shared.'
Gia's family confirmed the news of her death in an earlier statement, saying: 'Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn today,' a statement from her family read.

[She was the most beautiful person I knew': Ryan Anderson pays tribute to his girlfriend Gia Allemand - pictured above on holiday in May this year - who has died aged 29

Heartbreaking: Gia wrote in May this year, 'best vacation me and @ryananderson ever had! We can't wait to go back next year'

Loving couple: Gia and Ryan were seen here in Las Vegas at the end of last month, appearing to enjoy a romantic evening out together

'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.
'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.'
Her family say a funeral for the reality star will take place in due course, with further details released at a later date.

Argument? TMZ has claimed Gia had been 'upset about a rocky relationship with her boyfriend Ryan Anderson' - but the pair, pictured here in June, appear to have been very happy in a series of Instagram photographs

'Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming in another official statement once available,' the statement continued.
'On behalf of the family, we sincerely ask for privacy at this time.'
Gia almost made it to the finale on the Jake Pavelka season of the hit ABC show The Bachelor, losing out to Vienna Girardi.
Jake has already reacted to the the news of his former co-star's passing, tweeting: 'I had to pull over, I can't stop crying. We have lost an angel.'
Last night he posted a message, asking people to pray for her: 'Please pray for @GiaAllemand... A dear friend and one of the sweetest women I know... #powerofprayer.'

source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2393769/Bachelor-star-Gia-Allemands-boyfriend-Ryan-Anderson-pays-tribute-commits-suicide-hanging-aged-29.html
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