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Friday
Aug162013

Gia Allemand Funeral to Be Held in Queens

Rodney Itier/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The family of former Bachelor contestant Gia Allemand, 29, is planning a private funeral service for the reality star who  died earlier this week, the family’s rep said in a statement.

The date has not been released yet but the service will take place in Allemand’s hometown of Queens, N.Y., at the Papavero Funeral Home.

The former Maxim model and Bachelor finalist from the 2010 season died in New Orleans on Wednesday after she was taken off life support.

According to a statement Wednesday released by her family, “Allemand was found [Monday night] by her boyfriend, NBA basketball player Ryan Anderson, following an apparent suicide attempt.”

“Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn today,” the statement continued. ”Ms. Allemand passed away peacefully with her mother, boyfriend, and other life-long friends by her side. As a practicing Christian, Gia did receive the sacrament of last rites.”

Allemand’s mother Donna Micheletti released a statement Friday: “The family and close friends of Gia Allemand have not spoken to the media to date, nor have they posted comments or insight on Twitter.  There are numerous statements and theories in the media regarding Gia’s death and her life that refer to sources close to Gia or friends of hers. As her mother, I am well aware of Gia’s close friends and her best friends and I am personally going on record to refute all statements to the media out there thus far with the exception of official statements…”

“After the funeral, I do intend to speak about my dear daughter’s life and death, and will do so in an open disclosure way with a trusted media source,” she added.

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