Gia Allemand, a model and former contestant on the television show “The Bachelor” who grew up in Howard Beach, died Wednesday at a New Orleans hospital in an apparent suicide, published reports said.
Her family released a statement Wednesday that read: “On behalf of the family, we kindly ask for privacy at this time.”
Allemand was born Gina Maria Allemand on Dec. 20, 1983 and was raised in Howard Beach. She was a child model, appearing in ads for Johnson & Johnson and Gerber, and later appeared in Maxim magazine. She later was a contestant on the 14th season of “The Bachelor” in 2010 and was the second-to-last girl to be eliminated. She also appeared on the show “Bachelor Pad.”
According to multiple published reporters, Allemand was taken to a hospital in New Orleans on Monday and was taken off life support on Wednesday. She was living in New Orleans with her boyfriend, Ryan Anderson, who plays for the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans.