The tragic death by suicide of "The Bachelor" contestant Gia Allemand was the topic on the season premiere of "Dr. Phil" on Sept. 10, 2013. Dr. Phil discussed Gia and her suicide with Gia's mother, Donna Micheletti, who was on the phone with her daughter when Gia took her last breath. "The Bachelor" star Jake Pavelka also appeared to talk about his feelings about the beauty.
Gia Allemand was in the top three bachelorettes during Jake's season of "The Bachelor," the reality show about singletons looking for love in some of the most exotic locations in the world. Following her rejection by Pavelka on "The Bachelor" Gia appeared on two seasons of spinoff show "Bachelor Pad." While not at the top tier of stardom, Gia had a life that many might envy. She was physically beautiful, smart, young and had made inroads into television.
Allemand, 29, was in her New Orleans apartment when she hanged herself with a vacuum cleaner cord on Aug. 12 after having a fight with her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson. She had talked to her mother on the telephone for about a half hour before hanging herself while her mother was still on the phone.
Her mother, Donna, said that Gia gave her whole heart when she was in love. According to her mom, Gia was depressed because her relationship with Anderson was not going as well as she hoped. Her mother also stated that Gia would sometimes get very emotional during her monthly period and she attributed Gia's depression to "that time of the month."
Micheletti believes that her daughter called her at that time because, "I'm the closest person in the world to her and she didn't want to be alone when she left this world. So she wanted Mommy to be there, I guess."
"It destroys me but if it made her feel better, then that's fine," she added. "I don't mind dealing with this."
Micheletti was tearful and raw as she said that the last words she heard her daughter were "I think that's a good idea mom," apparently referring to plans for her mother to visit and give her a hug.
Gia asked her mother to tell her story on her last phone call and Donna was respecting her daughter's wishes by appearing on Dr. Phil to tell the story.
Ryan Anderson found Allemand unconscious and tried to perform CPR. She was taken to the hospital where she was put on life support, but she was gone.
Micheletti stated that she talks to Anderson every day and they are in the process of starting a foundation to help others and prevent suicide.
"The Bachelor" hunk Jake Pavelka appeared on Dr. Phil after the interview with Micheletti. Pavelka proposed to Vienna Gilardi at the end of his season, but that relationship did not last. He said that he loved Gia, but he was not 'in love' with her.
"I've never lost anybody close to me," said tearful Jake Pavelka. "Gia really understood me. We got really close after the show. We had such a special relationship. I can't tell you how lucky I feel that I knew her, but I wish it was not for such a short time, because I've never met anybody like her."
Gia Allemand was on the season two cast of Bachelor Pad