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‘Bachelor’ contestant Gia Allemand dies in New Orleans after apparent suicide attempt

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Gia Allemand (photo from Instagram)

(CNN) — Former “Bachelor” contestant Gia Allemand died Wednesday, two days after an apparent suicide attempt, a statement released on behalf of her family said. She was 29.

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Gia Allemand & Ryan Anderson (photo from Instagram)

Allemand was discovered unconscious Monday night by her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson, at her home in New Orleans, the statement said. She was rushed to University Hospital, where she remained unconscious and on life support.

The family said the model and reality TV personality was taken off life support Wednesday and she died “peacefully with her mother, boyfriend and other lifelong friends by her side.”

Allemand appeared on Season 14 of ABC’s reality dating competition “The Bachelor,” which aired in 2010, opposite commercial airline pilot Jake Pavelka. Although she didn’t get the final rose signifying that she was his choice, she went on to compete on the first two seasons of the spinoff show “Bachelor Pad.”

“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,” the family statement said.

A number of her friends from her “Bachelor” days took to social media in shock over the news of her death, and her name became a trending topic on Twitter.

Host Chris Harrison tweeted: “It’s with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our good friend Gia Allemand. She will be loved and missed by all who knew her.”

Former “Bachelor” Pavelka said he was “devastated” over the news, calling her “a very dear friend.”

“We have lost (an) angel today. I miss you Gia,” he tweeted.

CNN’s Jane Caffrey contributed to this report.