Former reality-TV star Gia Allemand has spoken to viewers from beyond the grave in hopes they will remember her as a kind person.
The Daily Mail reports on the decision by producers of The Bachelor to directly address the death of Allemand by including footage of her in Sunday night’s pre-premiere special for the show’s upcoming 18th season.
Allemand was admitted to a New Orleans hospital last August following her attempted suicide by hanging. She was declared brain dead two days later and removed from life support at age 29.
Allemand became famous as a cast member on the 14th season of The Bachelor that began in January, 2010. She was the second-to-last contestant eliminated in the love-connection search by pilot Jake Pavelka.
Several months later, Allemand appeared in The Bachelor spinoff called Bachelor Pad. She was the only contestant in a committed relationship, which she cited as the reason why she didn’t take part in the show’s “kissing contest” challenge. She was eliminated in the third episode.
Sunday night’s tribute segment began with Bachelor host Chris Harrison stating, “Gia took her own life and it is heart-wrenching. I wouldn’t want to see any other parent go through this. There is plenty of help for everyone. I just miss her.”
The tribute included several previously recorded interviews with Allemand, including one in which she says, “I just hope people remember my kind heart. I have a kind heart for people. That’s what I hope people remember me for.”
In another clip, Allemand spoke of her dreams to start a family. “I want two kids and I want to adopt a baby girl from China,” she said.
The tribute also include an emotional interview with Allemand’s mother, Donna Micheletti, who previously appeared on the Dr. Phil show to discuss her daughter’s death.
And there was also an interview with Allemand’s former boyfriend Ryan Anderson, a player with the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, speaking publicly about the tragedy for the first time.
“Every day is a challenge,” said Anderson. “It helps to be here. My family’s with me. To be here with my teammates really helps a lot. But it’s a roller coaster.”
The 18th edition of The Bachelor premieres Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC and OMNI.1.