The Bachelor contestant Gia Allemand’s funeral will be held next week.
The 29-year-old was found hanging in her New Orleans home by her boyfriend, New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson, Monday night. She was rushed to University Hospital in critical condition and placed on life support, which was removed Wednesday. She died after losing brain and organ function.
Allemand’s funeral will be held at Papavero Funeral Home in Flushing, just outside Allemand’s hometown of Queens. A representative for the family said the service will be private.
Rumors have circulated that Allemand committed suicide because of problems with Anderson. RadarOnline reported that it was because he wouldn’t propose, but that story was quickly shot down by a representative for the reality TV star.
“Gia Allemand and Ryan Anderson loved each other deeply,” the rep said. “The reasons for a young woman to take her own life can not be explained or placed on one situation. Depression is a sad disease and it kills.”
A different source close to Allemand said there was no one thing to blame for her death.
“It’s been shocking. No one really saw this coming. So you can’t pin it on one thing, one situation or one person. The family is trying to figure it out,” the source said.
Anderson released a statement shortly after Allemand’s death.
“Gia was the most beautiful person I knew inside and out and she always smiled and made everyone else around her smile,” he said. “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.”
The family said in a statement that “loved ones and fans” would 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.”