'Bachelor' Host Chris Harrison, Creator Mike Fleiss Remember Gia Allemand
Mike Fleiss, creator and executive producer of ABC's The Bachelor franchise, and host Chris Harrison are paying their respects to former castmember Gia Allemand, who died Wednesday.
"The entire Bachelor family is tremendously saddened by the tragic passing of our friend, Gia," Fleiss said in a statement. "She was truly a sweet and generous soul. This is a devastating loss for anyone who ever knew her."
Meanwhile, Harrison took to Twitter to remember the former model:
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.— Chris Harrison (@chrisbharrison) August 14, 2013
Allemand was a Bachelor castmember on Jake Pavelka's season and also was the only person to compete twice on spinoff Bachelor Pad. She died Wednesday in her New Orleans home after an apparent suicide attempt, said a publicist for the reality TV star and her boyfriend, NBA Pelicans player Ryan Anderson. She was admitted to University Hospital on Monday night and was taken off life support two days later.
After the news broke, several past Bachelor and Bachelorette castmembers, including Pavelka, Sean Lowe and Ali Fedotowsky, took to Twitter to remember Allemand. Here are some of their tweets:
I had to pull over, I can't stop crying. We have lost an angel.— Jake Pavelka (@jakepavelka1) August 14, 2013
I am in complete shock and devastated to hear the news about Gia. She was one of the sweetest people I have ever known.— Jake Pavelka (@jakepavelka1) August 14, 2013
Going through pics of @GiaAllemand & I, we had some great times. I can't believe this, life is so precious people...— wes hayden (@wesleyhayden) August 14, 2013
I will miss you Gia, you were an awesome woman and I thank God I got to be part of your life if only… http://t.co/FsoN6xCW7C— wes hayden (@wesleyhayden) August 14, 2013
My heart is heavy. Thank you Gia for leaving behind an example of how to live a beautiful life. Thank you for... http://t.co/0MIrQ4qhpZ— Tenley Molzahn (@TenleyMolzahn) August 14, 2013
Tragedies bring out the best kind of love. Can we all try to love each other this intensely always? My kind of world...— Frank Neuschaefer (@neuschaefer) August 14, 2013
So many people love you @GiaAllemand... you have a lot of love on your side right now. We'll see you soon...— Frank Neuschaefer (@neuschaefer) August 13, 2013
her last tweet sums up her soul's work <3“@GiaAllemand: Proverbs 21:3 "Doing what is right and fair pleases The Lord more than an offering"”— Frank Neuschaefer (@neuschaefer) August 14, 2013
Gia you are my angel! You changed so many lives with your beautiful soul and will be missed and loved forever.— Vienna Girardi (@ViennaGirardi) August 14, 2013
The bachelor family is amazing. So much support. All of us calling and checking on one another. We def feel like we lost a family member. :(— Michelle Money (@MoneyMichelle) August 14, 2013
My Sweet giaallemand you will never know how much I love you. Thank you for your love. http://t.co/qvvDHy3Gxw— Michelle Money (@MoneyMichelle) August 14, 2013
Two years ago today my amazing father passed away. Today another angel is joining him in heaven. Such a sad sad day. #HeartBroken— Michelle Money (@MoneyMichelle) August 14, 2013
My prayers go out to @GiaAllemand 's family during this time. Life on earth is but a vapor and she's with our Lord now.— Sean Lowe (@SeanLowe09) August 14, 2013