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ABC is looking for ways to make The Bachelor more appealing to more viewers and brought in Juan Pablo Galavis, the show’s first Latino star, for the new season. But in a special introducing Galavis to viewers, the network took time to remember Gia Allemand, the former contestant who died of an apparent suicide in August.
Footage of Allemand was introduced by host Chris Harrison, reports Us Weekly. “I just hope people remember my kind heart,” Alleman, who was on the show back in 2010, said in one clip. “I have a kind heart for people. That's what I hope people remember me for."
In another clip ABC used, Allemand said she hoped for a family and wanted to adopt a baby from China.
CNN notes that Allemand’s mother was featured, telling anyone struggling to get help.
Allemand died in August 2013 and she was found by her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson. In a statement, he called her “the most beautiful person I knew inside and out and she always smiled and made everyone else around her smile.” She was only 29.
“Gia took her own life, and it is heart-wrenching, and I wouldn't want to see any other parent go through this,” Donna Micheletti said during the special last night. “There is plenty of help for everyone. I just miss her.”
The tribute to Allemand was part of Countdown to Juan Pablo, a one-hour special that was essentially a prologue to tonight’s two-hour season premiere. The episode starts at 8 p.m. tonight.
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