Lex McAllister, a former contestant on ABC’s “The Bachelor,” died Tuesday in an apparent suicide, TMZ is reporting. She was 31.
The reality star, who appeared on Season 14 of the popular dating show, was rushed to the hospital on Saturday afternoon after Columbus, Ohio police received a call claiming McAllister had overdosed on prescription pills, according to E! News.
McAllister had reportedly claimed she wanted to end her life in a text message to an unidentified loved one earlier that day.
When the loved one hurried over to McAllister’s house to check on her, they reportedly found the reality star surrounded by several empty prescription pill bottles, prompting them to call the police.
McAllister was in stable condition when paramedics rushed her to the nearby Grant Medical Center, but a police report obtained by E! stated that she had consumed “a lot” of pills.
The former “Bachelor” star’s condition began to greatly worsen shortly later, and her family decided to take her off life support on Tuesday morning, according to TMZ.
A family member told the gossip site that McAllister had a history of depression and that she struggled with bipolar disorder.
McAllister, who most recently worked for a financial planning and wealth management company, was one of 25 women to compete for Jake Pavelka’s love on “The Bachelor’s” 14th season, which aired in 2010.
She was eliminated during the show’s first week, but she appeared to be a hit among her fellow cast members during her brief run.
“She was only on our first episode but she seemed like such a vibrant soul,” Season 14 runner-up Tenley Molzahn told E! after learning of McAllister’s death. “This is just shocking news no matter how well you know someone.”
The show’s winner, Vienna Girardi, seconded that sentiment, telling E! she’d like to offer her “sincere condolences” to McAllister’s loved ones.
“My heart goes out to Lex’s family during this difficult time,” she said. “I remember her being such a positive young lady who could light up any room.”