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ABC honors the late Gia Allemand before 'The Bachelor: Countdown to Juan Pablo' special

By Gina DiFalco,

Ahead of the new season of The Bachelor, the ABC show honored the late contestant Gia Allemand. The special The Bachelor: Countdown to Juan Pablo aired on Sunday night and a tribute to Allemand played before it started.

In the touching tribute, some clips of Allemand are shown featuring the Bachelor and Bachelor Pad star talking about her legacy.
"I just hope people remember my kind heart. I have a kind heart for people.

That's what I hope people remember me for," she said, Us Weekly reports. She also said of her future, "I want two kids, and I want to adopt a baby girl from China.”

Allemand committed suicide in August after a fight with her boyfriend, Ryan Anderson. She was on the phone with her mother, Donna Micheletti, when she hanged herself using a vacuum cleaner chord.

Micheletti said about her 29-year-old daughter during Sunday’s tribute, "Gia took her own life, and it is heart-wrenching, and I wouldn't want to see any other parent go through this. There is plenty of help for everyone. I just miss her." She also said of her daughter that she was “always full of such life, and she'd walk into a room and you'd feel her presence. She'd light up that room like sunshine."

The new season of The Bachelor premieres Monday, Jan. 6.

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