The Bachelor Season 7 runner-up Krisily Kennedy honored her friend Gia Allemand, who committed suicide seven years ago today, with a touching Instagram post. Although they weren't on the same season of the ABC reality show, they became friends after appearing together on the franchise's spinoff, Bachelor Pad, in 2010.
On Friday morning, Krisily shared her thoughts about her late friend, noting that she "cherished their time together" and wanted to call her to share some good news about her love life.
It was a big day for Krisily, who was a co-host on NESN's Boston Red Sox Pre & Post Game series before she went looking for love on television. One day prior to memorializing her friend, she got engaged to her boyfriend, Josh, and shared a photo with her Instagram followers.
For fans that watched them on the summer spin off show ten years ago, it was evident that they would have a friendship off-camera. Krisily, who grew up in Rhode Island, wrote in her post that she was "like a sister" to her and reflected on her caring nature.
Her death came as a shock to Bachelor Nation. Many fans considered her one of the most popular contestants in the franchise — she always had a smile on her face at the network's press events. Although they didn't live close by, Krisily noted that they stayed in touch.According to Sports Illustrated, the 29-year-old reality star hung herself in her New Orleans home on August 13, 2013, just 24-hours after she had an argument with her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson.
The report states that she had accused her boyfriend of cheating. He then said something he "instantly regretted" — he told her he no longer loved her.
When he found her at her house, she was still alive, so he rushed her to the hospital. Gia passed away the next day. Her death was ruled a suicide.
Krisily and several of her former castmates attended the funeral in New York's Trinity Grace Church on August 22, 2013, per Us Weekly.
Unfortunately, she is not the only person from the franchise who passed away since appearing on the show. Fans have mourned the loss of several contestants over the last decade.
According to E! Online, Tyler Gwozdz (Hannah Brown), Michael Nance (Emily Maynard), and Lex McAllister (Jake Pavelka) all died of apparent drug overdoses over the past four years. Julien Hug (Jillian Harris) reportedly took his life in 2010.
One of Brad Womack's ladies, Christy Caserta lost her life in 2018 after suffering a seizure. Other contestants who were killed tragically include Eric Hill (Andi Dorfman), who died in a paragliding accident in 2014. Erin Hill (Matt Grant) passed away in a plane crash in 2016.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. For readers outside the U.S., visit Suicide.org or Befrienders Worldwide for international resources you can use to find help.