According to a Thursday statement by producers of the show, Tyler Gwozdz, a former contestant on the reality TV show, “The Bachelorette,” has died at age 29, CNN reports.
Gwozdz was one of the participants of the Season 15 of The Bachelorette, a show owned by ABC, competing for star Hannah Brown.
“We are heartbroken to hear the tragic news of Tyler’s passing today. Our thoughts are with the Gwozdz family and his friends,” the show’s producers said in a statement.
Gwozdz was the eldest of five siblings, “a loving son and a friend to many,” the producers said.
Gwozdz was an entrepreneur who planned to become a psychologist and had “an adventurous spirit and a zest for life.” said Deiontrez Mount, a close friend and former NFL player.
“Tyler was a brother to me. I leaned on him and shared some things I would never share with anyone and he was always positive and hopeful about everything,” Mount told CNN. “It didn’t matter how down I was. Just talking to him would cheer me up.
A post on the Palm Beach County Medical Examiners Office’s website indicates that a person by the name of Tyler Gwozdz died Wednesday. CNN has not been able to independently confirm whether the person listed is “The Bachelorette” contestant.