6 Deaths That Rocked Bachelor Nation

Former Bachelorette competitor Michael Nance passed award early Monday, E! News confirmed

By Samantha Schnurr May 30, 2017 6:52 PMTags

Bachelor Nation has faced great tragedy over the years. 

Today, fans mourn the loss of Michael Nance, a competitor on Season 8 of the The Bachelorette, who was pronounced dead early Monday after being found unresponsive by Austin police.

"So sad waking up to the news about Michael Nance," Emily Maynard, whose heart he vied for on their season of The Bachelorette, tweeted. "Such a kind heart with so much talent," she wrote. "Sending prayers and love to his family and friends."

"Extremely difficult learning the news of Michael Nance's passing. He was a gentle man with a huge heart. He'll be missed but not forgotten," Bachelorette alum Chris Bukowski tweeted. 

While the cause of his death has not yet been determined, this is not the first passing to shake the franchise and its legions of past cast members and followers. 

In 21 seasons of The Bachelor and 13 more of The Bachelorette, fans have had to say goodbye to five more stars after tragedy struck. 

Celebrity Deaths: 2017's Fallen Stars
Tyler Gwozdz

Known as Tyler G. during Hannah Brown's recent season of The Bachelorette, the 29-year-old died on Jan. 22 after he was hospitalized for a suspected medical overdose the week prior in Boca Raton. At the time, the Boca Raton Police Services Department previously confirmed to E! News that officers responded to a call for a suspected medical overdose at around 10:45 a.m. on Jan. 13, with Gwozdz then being transported to the hospital.

After going on the first one-on-one date of season 15, Gwozdz unexpectedly left the show for an unknown reason soon after. While the official reason for his abrupt departure was never stated, Brown simply told the remaining suitors that Tyler "had to leave."

Christy Caserta

The lawyer who competed on season 15 of The Bachelor passed away at the age of 38 in October 2018. 

Caserta collapsed during a training class in Florida, and after seeing her unresponsive, her classmates quickly called 911 fearing she suffered a seizure. First responders transported her to a hospital, where she subsequently died, a spokesperson for the Sunrise Police Department in Sunrise, Florida told E! News at the time.

Michael Nance

The 31-year-old former Bachelorette competitor passed away in late May. While a spokesperson for the Austin Police Department Homicide Unit in Texas told E! News his is currently not a "suspicious death," the cause of his death has not yet been determined. 

Eric Hill

Before his appearance on Andi Dorfman's season of The Bachelorette aired, Hill tragically died at 32 years old after a paragliding accident in 2014. He was paragliding with friends when his parachute partially collapsed, according to reports.

Erin Storm

Eight years after appearing on The Bachelor's 12th season, Storm died in a fatal private plane crash. According to NBC Los Angeles, Storm was the sole occupant of the Airborne XT-912 light-sport, weight-shift control plane and crashed shortly after taking off.

Gia Allemand

At 29, the former Bachelor contestant committed suicide at her home in 2013 after a fight with her boyfriend, Ryan Anderson. Allemand's mother texted Anderson to check on her daughter after she went silent on the phone. Allemand was soon taken to a hospital, where she remained on life support until her passing.  

Julien Hug

Hug, who appeared on Season 5 of The Bachelorette, was discovered dead in the San Bernardino National Forest in 2010. His parents revealed he was suffering from depression and had committed suicide. 

Lex McAllister

The late Bachelor contestant died in February 2016 after overdosing on prescription medication from an apparent suicide attempt. According to a police report, an unidentified caller claimed McAllister had texted them to say she wanted to end her life. She was later found at her house with an empty bottle of prescription pills. A day after being taken to the hospital, her health continued to deteriorate and McAllister's family took the 31-year-old off life support. 

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).