updated 08/14/2013 AT 6:30 PM ET
•originally published 08/14/2013 AT 7:00 PM ET
NBA player Ryan Anderson, who discovered girlfriend Gia Allemand after her apparent suicide attempt, issued a statement Wednesday mourning the loss of The Bachelor starlet.
“I’m deeply grateful for all the love and support we have received from family, friends and fans,” says Anderson. “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 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 model-actress, 29, who also appeared on two seasons of Bachelor Pad, was found in her New Orleans home on Monday by Anderson, who plays for the city’s Pelicans team. He called 911 and Allemand was transported to the hospital in critical condition. She remained on life support until her death Wednesday.
Reporting by MONICA RIZZO