Popular reality star dies at age 31

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Early Monday morning, Michael Nance was pronounced dead by police responding to a report of an unresponsive male in Austin, Texas. Nance, 31, was a contestant on “The Bachelorette” during Season 8.

The cause of death has not been released, but a statement released by the Austin Police Department’s Homicide Unit indicates they may not be conducting a criminal investigation.

“At this point it is not a suspicious death and the manner will be determined by the medical examiner,” the statement reads.

Nance, who was from Austin, said “The Bachelorette” was the best thing that ever happened to him. In 2012, he was searching for love on the hit reality show, competing against 25 other men who hoped to win Emily Maynard’s hand. He fell short of the finale and was eliminated during the show’s fourth week, finishing in 11th place in a tie with another “Bachelor.”

Maynard Tweeted her sorrow in learning of Nance’s passing, writing: “So sad waking up to the news about Michael Nance. Such a kind heart with so much talent. Sending prayers and love to his family and friends.”

A fellow Bachelor from that season, Chris Bukowski, also took to Twitter to lament Nance’s passing. Bukowski’s Tweet reads: “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.”

Nance’s death follows a string of young deaths associated with “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” They include:

  • Lex McAllister, 31, a “Bachelor” contestant from Season 14, who died of suicide by drug overdose in 2016.
  • Erin Storm, 41, a contestant in 2008, died in a plane crash in Los Angeles in 2016.
  • Eric Hill, 32, died in a paragliding accident in Utah in 2014. Hill passed on during filming of his season, prior to his own episodes airing.
  • Gia Allemand, 29, another contestant from Season 14 who also committed suicide back in 2013.
  • Julien Hug, 35, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2010.

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