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Reality TV Star Gia Allemand Dies In New OrleansGia, a former contestant on the ABC’s “The Bachelor” and the girlfriend of New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson, committed suicide in New Orleans by hanging herself.

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Ryan Anderson speaks to reporters about the death of his girlfriend, “Bachelor” star Gia Allemand, for the first time since she committed suicide.

Anderson said he has leaned on his family, his teammates, and his faith in God to help through Allemand’s death.

“I know that there is a huge plan here,” he said, holding back tears. “I know that a lot of people are going to be helped through this. We’re in the process of starting something great for her with her family, including my family too. We have a huge plan to do something great in her name that’s going to help a lot of people.

“We live in a society now where you have to live up to something, you’re not going to be accepted. Every single person has something special about them. That’s what I want to be my goal here. To have everybody know that they’re not alone. Whatever you’re going through in life, you’re not alone.

“I don’t want to get into too much detail about her foundation, but it’s going to be something great to prove to people that they’re not alone.”

A New Orleans fitness studio is planning a memorial honoring reality TV star Gia Allemand.

Pure Barre will close at 12:00 noon on Saturday so workers and clients can participate in the event.

The memorial will be on the bank of the Mississippi River behind Jax Brewery beginning at 1:00 that afternoon.  Organizers will pass out white ribbons to wear and will toss white flowers into the river.

Allemand was an instructor at the studio.  She was also a star of the ABC show The Bachelor.  She died Wednesday after a suicide attempt on Monday.

Gia Allemand seemed like she had it all: beauty, charisma, fame. After a stint on “The Bachelor” and “Bachelor Pad” the 29-year-old apparently did find love and moved to New Orleans to be near her boyfriend, Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson.

On several social media platforms Gia kept fans and friends informed. Now, those social media sites are blowing up.

ABC News has learned Allemand died today of an apparent suicide. Ryan Anderson found her unconscious in her home Monday and she was rushed to University Hospital. The family says, “Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn.”

“That’s awful; my condolences to her family,” says a client of Gia’s, “She was full of energy and a beautiful woman and a motivating instructor, and she will be missed.”

“I wanted to come see that the other instructors were, I’m sure, having a tough time, so I wanted to just come in and show my support and see how everything was,” says another client.

While in New Orleans Allemand worked as a Pure Barre instructor. She was scheduled to teach classes today in Metairie.

Ryan Anderson says, “Gia was the most beautiful person I knew inside and out.” He goes on to say, “All I have left is to cherish those memories we made together.”

Gia’s last tweet was sent out Sunday, a day before her apparent suicide attempt. In it she quoted the bible writing, “Doing what is right and fair pleases the Lord more than an offering.”

Allemand’s family says the 29-year-old passed away with her mother, boyfriend, and life-long friends by her side.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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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.

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