Gia Allemand’s boyfriend expresses that her suicide had been the most painful experience that he ever felt during his lifetime. As we move on to just over a year since the lovely star from The Bachelor took her own life at such a young age twenty nine Ryan Anderson says he can still feel the effects of this sad loss.
In the Nov. 17 issue of Sports Illustrated, the basketball player has spoken out about what the importance of suicide is and says that Allemand’s too him is “the most painful experience of his life.”
“I’ve been given a platform in the NBA,” Anderson, 26, a forward for the New Orleans Pelicans, tells SI. “I know when I’m done playing, people aren’t going to really care about me, the way I shot three-pointers. But during this time when I have a voice, I think it’s really important for me to talk about it. People need to put a face to [suicide prevention and survival], and I’m O.K. being that face.”
As the article points out, people who die of cancer are praised for their bravery in battle while suicides are portrayed as selfish acts.
“Anyone who knows Gia knows that selfish was the last thing she was,” Anderson said. “She would never want to cause anyone suffering. She just wanted to escape the pain.”
It was back in August 12 2013 when the star was found following an attempted hanging in the New Orleans apartment they shared. As she had been rushed into emergency care, however sadly it was just too late;
life support was withdrawn due to a loss of brain function and Allemand passed away on Aug. 14 2014.
To remember her, Anderson often wears the key-shaped necklace she gave him; Allemand wore the heart.
Allemand was born December 20, 1983 and sadly she left this world on August 14, 2013.