Gia Allemand dead, 'Bachelor' finalist was 29

Gia Allemand attends the Farm Sanctuary 25th Anniversary

Gia Allemand attends the Farm Sanctuary 25th Anniversary Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan. (May 14, 2011) (Credit: WireImage)

Gia Allemand, a model-actress and former Manorville resident who became a finalist on the 2010 season of "The Bachelor," died Wednesday in a New Orleans hospital after an apparent suicide attempt Monday, her publicist said. She was 29.

Allemand was found by her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson, at home "following an apparent suicide attempt," publicist Penelope Jean Hayes said in a statement. Anderson called 911, she said.

Allemand was in the hospital, unconscious in critical condition and on life support, until Wednesday, when "due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn," the statement said. It wasn't immediately disclosed how she tried to take her life.

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"She had just moved from Manorville to New Orleans to be with her boyfriend," who plays for the New Orleans Pelicans, Hayes told Newsday.

Anderson issued a statement calling Allemand "the most beautiful person I knew inside and out . . . All I have left is to cherish those memories we made together and help perpetuate the many values, faith and love that we shared."

Allemand came in third on the Jake Pavelka season of ABC's "The Bachelor," behind winner Vienna Girardi and runner-up Tenley Molzahn. She went on become a housemate on two seasons of the spinoff "Bachelor Pad."

Born Gina Marie Allemand in Howard Beach, Queens, she grew up on Staten Island and on Long Island.

"She actually baby-sat my children," said Barbara Murphy, 45, of Lindenhurst.

Murphy said Allemand lived next door while attending Lindenhurst High School. "She was very sweet," recalled Murphy, noting that Allemand was a cheerleader at the time.

Allemand later began a modeling career with swimsuit competitions, winning Miss Bikini-USA 2008, according to the sponsoring organization. She posed for Maxim men's magazine in 2007.

That same year, she ended a months-long relationship with New York Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano. Allemand had been in his Porsche the previous August when he crashed on a rain-slicked Florida street, breaking two of his ribs.

Her family continues to live on Long Island. They could not be reached for comment.

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