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ABC prepared viewers for Juan Pabloc Galavis as The Bachelor last night, airing a special countdown to tonight's Season 18 premiere that took viewers behind the scenes with the hopeful husband.

Toward the end of the hour, however, the mood went from sexy to somber as Chris Harrison and company paid tribute to Gia Allemand.

The former contestant committed suicide last August.

Gia Allemand Close Up

Harrison opened the moving segment by introducing clips of Allemand talking about life and love.

"I just hope people remember my kind heart," she said in the footage. "I have a kind heart for people. That's what I hope people remember me for."

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Ryan Anderson fought through tears Monday discussing his girlfriend Gia Allemand's death in August and saying he plans to start a foundation in her honor.

Anderson, who plays for the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans, opened up during the team's media day, telling reporters he hadn't planned to talk about it.

He obliged and took questions, however, and tearfully said "we have a huge plan to do something great in her name that's going to help a lot of people."

Gia Allemand, who was a reality star on The Bachelor and Bachelor Pad, attempted to commit suicide in August after a bitter fight with Ryan Anderson.

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Was Bachelor star Gia Allemand dumped by boyfriend Ryan Anderson just before taking her own life? That's the implication of a surprising new report.

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According to TMZ, the reality star and NBA player, who had been together for two years, had a huge fight. One which ended with Anderson telling her:

"I don't love you anymore."

Moreover, Gia Allemand had accused him of being unfaithful during lunch the day she died. It's not clear if he was, or how he reacted to that.

But on the ride back to her house (they stopped at a Walgreens to get her NyQuil), Gia told Ryan she still loved him, and he said it was not reciprocal.

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Jake Pavelka, who once wooed Gia Allemand on The Bachelor, had to pull his car over to the side of the road when he learned his former fling had died.

He said he could not stop crying when he heard the shocking news.

Jake Pavelka and Gia Allemand Photo

Allemand, who was taken off life support Wednesday after an apparent suicide attempt, was "an angel," he says, adding, "I am in complete shock."

Jake Pavelka is "devastated" at the loss of "one of the sweetest people I have ever known and a very dear friend. My heart goes out to her family."

"We have lost an angel today."

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Friends and co-stars of The Bachelor star Gia Allemand are reacting with shock and sadness to the death of the 29-year-old model this week.

Gia was taken to University Hospital in New Orleans on Monday night, where she was listed in critical condition following a medical emergency.

The details that brought her there were not known until after Gia Allemand died. Her cause of death appears to have been suicide by hanging.

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As she was in critical condition and on life support, she received an outpouring of prayers and support from her friends and co-stars of Bachelor Nation.

Now that she has passed away, those that knew her well are expressing their condolences, memories and love for the reality star and model. A sampling:

Jake Pavelka: "I am in complete shock and devastated to hear the news about Gia. She was one of the sweetest people I have ever known."

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The Bachelor star Gia Allemand has died, E! News confirms.

The popular reality star and model was just 29 years old.

Gia Allemand was taken to University Hospital in New Orleans on Monday night and was listed in critical condition following a serious medical emergency.

The details that brought her there are not known, but despite an outpouring of prayers and support from Bachelor Nation, she appears to have passed away.

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Gia Allemand is in critical condition for unknown reasons at a New Orelans hospital, news that prompted an outpouring of support from her former co-stars.

Gia: The Bachelor

The 29-year-old brunette beauty, who appeared on The Bachelor and Bachelor Pad, suffered a medical emergency and is reportedly on life support.

The reality star's mother is said to be with her, along with her longtime boyfriend, NBA basketball player Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Pelicans.

In the wake of the sudden health scare, Twitter erupted with well-wishes for Gia Allemand. Here's what her fellow Bachelor and Bachelorette stars wrote:

Ali Fedotowsky: "Please keep @GiaAllemand in your thoughts today. She's in critical condition. That's all I know. Love you Gia."

Juan Pablo Galavis: "Sending PRAYERS to @GiaAllemand, hope for a quick RECOVERY and STRENGTH to the family in this HARD situation."

Jake Pavelka: "Please pray for @GiaAllemand... A dear friend and one of the sweetest women I know... #powerofprayer."

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Gia Allemand, who made it to the top four on The Bachelor and then appeared on two seasons of Bachelor Pad, is in critical condition at a New Orleans hospital.

The 29-year-old model was rushed to University Hospital "following a serious emergency medical event" on Monday night, ABC said in a statement.

"On behalf of the family, we kindly ask for privacy at this time," the release states.

No more information about the emergency Gia Allemand suffered was released.

Allemand's mother is reportedly with her at the hospital, as is her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Pelicans.

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THG is counting down the 100 Hottest Bikini Bodies of 2012.

From now until the end of the year, we'll be paying tribute to the hottest of the hot with bikini photos galore. The competition is guaranteed to be sweltering.

Ashley Tisdale bikini pictures were honored yesterday as this smoldering countdown continued. Keeping it rolling today at #91: Gia Allemand!

Gia Allemand on Bachelor Pad

Oh Gia. Allemand wooed Jake Pavelka on The Bachelor and Wes Hayden on Bachelor Pad, coming up short and dodging the proverbial bullet in both cases.

Prior to her stint on reality TV, the curvaceous New Yorker was also a Maxim model, and a successful one at that. We define success by virtue of hot pics.

Her 15 minutes may be up, but she still has her health (and figure). Click to enlarge some more Gia Allemand photos below, and check back soon for #90 ...

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Based on the trailer that aired on last night's Men Tell All special, Season 2 of Bachelor Pad is shaping up to be one of the best/worst shows in reality TV history.

Seriously, it's guaranteed to elicit one or both of these responses:

  1. This show represents all that is wrong with society today!
  2. This is so bad, it's must-see TV!

Think Big Brother only with more hormones, bigger egos, pre-existing feuds and a hodgepodge of some of the most memorable Bachelor/Bachelorette castoffs:

Jake Pavelka is on it. Need we say more? Fame whoring at its finest for the cast, and guilty-pleasure, brain cell-eroding drama at its best for the viewers.

It all starts next week. For more on tonight's Bachelorette finale, be sure to check out The Bachelorette spoilers, and follow the jump for a preview:

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Gia Allemand Biography

Gia Allemand Photo Gia Allemand is a swimsuit model from New York, N.Y. She is vying for the heart of Jake Pavelka on The Bachelor, ABC's long-running... More »
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