Gia Allemand: Insecure, Lost, Seeking Attention, Friends Lament

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The sudden suicide of The Bachelor star Gia Allemand has friends and fans in shock and wondering how things could have gone so downhill for her.

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Some of Allemand's friends on the hit ABC franchise spoke to reporters on Wednesday, saying they knew the brunette beauty had demons she fought.

"I could tell there was some insecurity going," Reid Rosenthal, a friend of the 29-year-old model and contestant on Season Five of The Bachelorette.

"Nothing surprises me anymore. I don't know what she needed out of life. It's sad. The last I heard we were supposed to be at an event this Thursday."

Wednesday afternoon, fans, friends and family were stunned when Gia Allemand died after she was taken off life support in a New Orleans hospital.

Two days earlier, boyfriend Ryan Anderson found her hanging in her home.

"Ms. Allemand passed away peacefully with her mother, boyfriend and other lifelong friends by her side," her family said in a statement last night.

Allemand's cause of death has been confirmed as suicide by hanging.

Beauty and the Geek host Brian McFayden, who was also close to Allemand, said that she had a lot of insecurities, and was "looking for attention from guys."

"She was looking for love," he added. "She was lost."

Allemand seemed to have found love with Anderson, 25, a basketball player with the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans who she began dating in 2011.

Despite speculation about the nature of their relationship and rumors that they were on the rocks shortly before her death, Ryan said in a statement:

"Gia was the most beautiful person I knew inside and out, and she always smiled and made everyone else around her smile. She had such an amazing impact on my life."

"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."


Gia Allemand Biography

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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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