Lex McAllister, a woman who appeared as a contestant on the hit television series The Bachelor in 2010, has died in an apparent suicide.
The 31-year-old, allegedly afflicted with depression and bipolar disorder, reportedly overdosed on February 13 in what law enforcement and her family believe to have been an attempt to take her own life, according to TMZ.
While she overdosed on Saturday and was transported to a hospital after she was discovered unconscious, her organs began failing and not long after – she was brain dead, Hollywood Life reported. Subsequently, her family was forced to weigh the difficult decision of whether to retain life support or to pull the plug — they reportedly chose the latter.
According to TMZ, police in Columbus, Ohio received a 911 call at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Saturday indicating that she had apparently overdosed on prescription pills.
Drug overdose deaths have risen dramatically in recent years, as official statistics released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show a 14 percent rise in drug overdose deaths in 2014; this in comparison to the year prior. In addition, the CDC’s stats show that the number of such deaths exceeded the number caused by traffic accidents in the same year.
The recently deceased, who was eliminated in the first week of the 14th season of The Bachelor, was declared dead on Tuesday morning at the age of 31.
In 2013, Gia Allemand became the first contestant of the ABC reality competition to take her own life. The then 29-year-old reportedly committed suicide by hanging at her home in New Orleans, Louisiana.