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Gia Allemand, girlfriend of Pelicans' Ryan Anderson, dies at 29

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Gia Allemand, a former "The Bachelor" contestant and current girlfriend of Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson, has died at the age of 29, according to E! News.

Allemand was reportedly admitted to a New Orleans hospital because of a "serious medical event." According to a statement released by Allemand's representatives, she was placed on life support after an apparent suicide attempt.

Allemand was taken off life support Wednesday and "passed away peacefully with her mother, boyfriend, and other life-long friends by her side."

The family released this statement:

"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."

Allemand was on season 14 of "The Bachelor."

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