Howard Stern on Suicide of 'Bachelor' Star Gia Allemand: 'I Think There Are Pressures'; Celebrities Open Up About Reality Star's Death E! Online
Howard Stern was one of a number of celebrities expressing sorrow over the suicide of "Bachelor" alumna Gia Allemand. E! Online reports that Stern talked about Allemand's death Wednesday night during taping of "America's Got Talent" in New York.
"I actually watch The Bachelor. I remember who she was. And I think there are pressures -- I don't know that had anything to do with her suicide of course," Stern is quoted as saying. "Some people wake up in the morning and think everything in their life is gonna be rosy and go great, and life doesn't work that way. It's an unrealistic expectation, so I was sad to hear about it."
The publication reports separately that multiple sources have confirmed that Allemand apparently hanged herself Monday night.
"Her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson, discovered her at her home on Monday night and called 911, according to a statement released by Allemand's rep on behalf of her family, who previously confirmed that she was found after an apparent suicide attempt," E! reports.
Allemand was taken off life support Wednesday, as we reported previously.
Stars of ABC's "Bachelor" franchise, along with other celebrities, were reacting with sorrow to the news of her death. Among the responses noted by E!:
"Melissa Rycroft said in a statement to E! News: 'Gia was such a joyous person to be around. She was the person that in any room drew a crowd because she exuded positive energy and friendliness. This is beyond tragic and my thoughts and prayers go out to her loved ones.'
"Tenley Molzahn also wrote: 'What I can say about Gia is that she was a beautiful girl - her heart shined through her smile. She was a little spitfire and lived life to the fullest. You look at her Twitter or Instagram and she didn't ever seem to have a dull moment. My heart is heavy, along with many others today. She leaves us with a beautiful example of how to live life in faith, in joy, and in beauty. My deepest condolences to her boyfriend, her family, and her closest friends. Let's celebrate Gia, and look at the way she lived as an inspiration. Many, many sad people today.'
"Jason and Molly Mesnick tell E! News in a statement: 'Our hearts are so heavy in hearing the news on Gia. With everything that comes along with the Bachelor, the biggest gain that each of us walks away with is a new "family", and our family has lost a beautiful soul far too soon. She will always be in our hearts, and our thoughts & prayers go out to Gia's family, friends, and loved ones.'"