updated 08/14/2013 AT 4:15 PM ET
•originally published 08/14/2013 AT 3:00 PM ET
Gia Allemand, The Bachelor contestant who competed for Jake Pavelka’s heart on season 14, died of an apparent suicide. She was 29.
She was found Monday night in her New Orleans home by her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson of the Pelicans, her family says in a statement.
Anderson called 911 and Allemand was transported to the hospital, where she was in critical condition on life support.
“Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn” on Wednesday, the family statement says. “Ms. Allemand passed away peacefully with her mother, boyfriend, and other lifelong friends by her side. As a practicing Christian, Gia did receive the sacrament of last rites.”
“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.”