A season 15 contestant from "The Bachelorette" has died at 29 years old after possibly suffering an overdose, multiple outlets confirmed Thursday.
Tyler Gwozdz appeared last year on the ABC reality show as a contender for Hannah Brown's affections. He was a graduate student in a psychology program, and according to his "Bachelorette" bio, worked as a sales manager.
After three weeks on the show and a one-on-one date with Brown, Gwozdz exited the show with no fanfare. The sudden departure was never explained. "Tyler G. had to leave, and that’s upsetting because I really enjoyed my date with him," Brown said at the time.
Gwozdz later emailed a statement to Refinery29 that simply read, "This was a decision that I came to with producers, and something that I’ve come to realize what is the best decision that could’ve been made."
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TMZ reports that a woman called 911 on Monday, Jan. 13 and told dispatchers that Gwozdz may have overdosed on heroin. He was in a bathroom with the door locked, and she was struggling to get inside. She eventually managed to break down the door and enter.
After more than a week in the ICU, he died on Wednesday, Jan. 22.
Gwozdz had fallen mostly silent on social media in recent months. His most recent Instagram post, which he shared in September 2019, featured snapshots with fellow male alums from the "Bachelor" franchise.
In the aforementioned email to Refinery29, he spoke out against cyberbullying, saying he had been a target of harassment since leaving the show without explanation. "I am more than happy to take the slings and arrows of the internet world if it can help save one young person from experiencing what my family and I are currently battling. If you are lost, message me," he said. "I’m here for you. Reach out. There is love in this world."