'Bachelor' and 'Bachelorette' deaths: All the ex-competitors who unexpectedly passed away

Bachelor Nation is in mourning following news of Michael Nance's unexpected death on Memorial Day 2017. The 31-year-old, who competed for Emily Maynard's heart in season eight of "The Bachelorette," was adored by his castmates: "He was a sweet man with a kind soul," tweeted Sean Lowe, who went on to star on his own season of "The Bachelor."

Unfortunately, Nance is only the latest in a string of past competitors to die at a disturbingly young age. He joins a list of other "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" alums who tragically died, with causes of death everywhere from suicide to plane crash.

Take a look at all of the ex-ABC stars who unfortunately died too young.

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Julien Hug was 35 when he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, just one year after he competed for Jillian Harris' love on 'The Bachelorette' in 2009. His suicide note, addressed to his parents, was read aloud at his funeral: 'I've suffered from severe depression for years. I feel awful and don't know how to cope. If life's not enjoyable, why stick around?' Following his death, his girlfriend told press, that his TV stint 'was not even one percent of who he was.'

Alexa 'Lex' McAllister died in 2016, six years after she competed on 'Bachelor' Jake Pavelka's season in 2010.  The cause of death was officially ruled a suicide via drug overdose. She had suffered from depression and bipolar disorder and was 31 when she died.
Gia Allemand, who competed on Season 14 of 'The Bachelor,' committed suicide by hanging in 2013 at age 29. Her then-boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson, found her in her house, and she passed away not long after she was taken to a New Orleans hospital. Vienna Girardi, who won that season, called Gia a 'beautiful girl and an unbelievable friend ... She seemed so happy, but you never know the demons people are fighting inside.'
Erin Storm, who compete for Matt Grant's love on 'The Bachelor' in 2008, died in 2016 in a plane crash. The 41-year-old was flying the plane when hit went down in Los Angeles. There were no other passengers, and the plane was engulfed in flames when authorities arrived.
Eric Hill, 32, was paragliding in Utah when his parachute collapsed. The 'Bachelorette' contestant, who tried to woo Andi Dorfman, had been traveling for more than a year in an attempt to visit every country in the world. He died while his season was still filming in 2014, before his own episodes aired.
Michael Nance, a 2012 'Bachelorette' contestant, made it to week 4 before being eliminated by Emily Maynard. He was found dead on Memorial Day (May 29) 2017 at age 31. Authorities said it was "not a suspicious death."
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