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"Bachelor" Star Gia Allemand Dead at 29 -- Friends Pay Tribute

0814_gia_inset"Bachelor" star Gia Allemand died Wednesday, a family member confirmed to TMZ. She was 29-years-old.

The brunette beauty appeared on Season 14 of the reality dating show with Jake Pavelka. Gia was rushed to University Hospital in New Orleans on Monday night after suffering an emergency medical event.

A rep for her family just released the following statement:

Television personality and Model/Actress Gia Marie Allemand (29) passed away today at University Hospital, New Orleans.

While in her residency in New Orleans on Monday night, Ms. Allemand was found by her boyfriend, NBA Basketball Player Ryan Anderson, following an apparent suicide attempt.

Mr. Anderson contacted 911 and emergency medical crews were immediately dispatched to the scene. Tuesday, Ms. Allemand remained in the hospital unconscious in critical condition and on life support.

Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn today. 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.

Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming in another official statement once available. On behalf of the family, we sincerely ask for privacy at this time.

Boyfriend Ryan Anderson released a separate statement:

I'm deeply grateful for all the love and support we have received from family, friends and fans. 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. All I have left is to cherish those memories we made together and help perpetuate the many values, faith and love that we shared.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. 

Since the story broke, former "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" stars (and other celebs) have tweeted their condolences. See them below:

Jake Pavelka
I had to pull over, I can't stop crying. We have lost an angel.

Chris Harrison
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.

Mike Fleiss, "Bachelor" creator and executive producer
The entire Bachelor family is tremendously saddened by the tragic passing of our friend, Gia. She was truly a sweet and generous soul. This is a devastating loss for anyone who ever knew her.

Vienna Girardi
Gia you are my angel! You changed so many lives with your beautiful soul and will be missed and loved forever.

Tenley Molzahn
My heart is heavy. Thank you Gia for leaving behind an example of how to live a beautiful life. Thank you for letting your light shine. Thank you for this reminder... You did this well in everything you did. Thank you for the laughs. @GiaAllemand Continued prayers to the loved ones she left behind.

Jason Mesnick
My heart is so heavy right now, I remember meeting you for the first time & the huge smile on your face. You are in my prayers @GiaAllemand

Trista Sutter
Heartbroken. We will miss you beautiful girl. #BachelorNation please join me in sending thoughts & prayers 2 @GiaAllemand 's family & all those who were blessed 2 know her. #angeltoosoon

Juan Pablo Galavis
Very SAD to hear the NEWS on @GiaAllemand... RIP and PRAYERS to the family.

Sean Lowe
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.

Melissa Rycroft
So sad and scary to hear about @GiaAllemand...sending love, strength and prayers to her and her family....

Molly Mesnick
Such a sad day...love, prayers, and thoughts to Gia's family and close friends :(

Jessie Sulidis
#RIPGiaAllemand So sad to have lost such a beautiful, talented & amazing person I had the privilege of having in my life.

Catherine Giudici ‏
Such heartbreaking news today about @GiaAllemand passing. Praying for her friends and loved ones.

DeAnna Stagliano ‏
Sad to hear @GiaAllemand passing. Thoughts & prayers go out to loved ones, family members, & all that were close to her. God got an angel.

Michelle Money ‏
@GiaAllemand my sweet little polly pocket. Your kind spirit has forever impacted my life. Thank you for sharing it with me. I am so sad. :(

Desiree Hartsock
So incredibly sad to hear the news. Love and prayers go out to Gia's family and friends

Jenna Burke
We lost a loved one but heaven gained an angel. I will miss you sweet Gia Allemand. You will always be in our hearts and thoughts.

Wes Hayden
I will miss you Gia, you were an awesome woman and I thank God I got to be a part of your life if only for a little while

Ed Swiderski
I'm just so sad right now, I was just with her last week and she's the sweetest soul

Pia Toscano
I am absolutely gutted to hear about Gia Allemand's passing.. Such a stunning person.. Sending all of my love & prayers to her family.

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