The Bachelor Contestant Lex McAllister Is Dead After an Apparent Suicide

Lex McAllister. Photo: Craig Sjodin/ABC

The Bachelor contestant Alexa "Lex" McAllister died from an apparent suicide on Saturday, according to the Columbus Division of Police. ABC reports that a friend found her after she saw a text from McAllister Saturday afternoon saying she wanted to end her life. McAllister woke up and was taken to Grant Medical Center. TMZ reports that her body began to shut down at the hospital, and her family decided to take her off life support on Tuesday. She was 31.

McAllister was an Ohio native who worked for a financial-planning company. She appeared on season 14, when Jake Pavelka was the sought-after suitor, and was eliminated in the first week. (Pavelka has tweeted his condolences: "Im so sad to hear about Alexa. Such a beautiful girl. My heart breaks for her family. Covering them in prayer during this rough time.") McAllister is not the first death to emerge from that season: Fellow contestant Gia Allemand committed suicide in 2013.