Originally written on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 8/14/13
Ryan Anderson was acquired by the Pelicans this off-season in a sign and trade deal and had been dating Gia Allemand a former contestant on the reality show The Bachelor for some time. Anderson was the one who found Allemand and called 911. Here are the statements released by her family. “While in her residency in New Orleans on Monday night, Ms. Allemand was found by her boyfriend, NBA basketball player Ryan Anderson, following an apparent suicide attempt,” her family said in a statement. Anderson called 911 and Allemand, 29, was taken to University Hospital in New Orleans and put on life support, according to the statement. “Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn today,” the statement continued. “Ms. Allemand passed away peacefully with her mother, boyfriend, and other life-long friends by her side. As a practicing Christian, Gia did receive the sacrament of last rites.” According to TMZ, Allemand hung herself.  She was only 29 years old. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.
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