As more information emerges, it is clear that no matter how wonderful a life seems from the outside you can never really know what someone is going through. 29 year old Gia, who entered into the spotlight during her appearance in Jake Pavelka's season of the Bachelor. Although there are reports that her relationship with an NBA Pelicans player was rocky and that she may have even been planning to leave him and move away, he was still the one to find her after the incident. On Monday night after being gone only an hour, NBA player Ryan came home to a sight that no one wants to experience. He found his girlfriend hanging from a staircase by the door of their New Orleans apartment. He called out for help and several neighbors came running to help. Mike Simpson, an engineer, was the first to arrive. He was shortly joined by another neighbor who had 911 on the phone. Ryan and his neighbors began CPR, with Ryan initially doing the chest compressions while visibly distraught. After calling for help a second time, a nurse from the apartment complex ran in to help. She took over the compressions, allowing Ryan to begin mouth to mouth. EMS arrived and took Gia to a nearby hospital in New Orleans where she was in critical condition for two days. Sadly, on the second day with doctors reporting critical loss of brain and organ function, she was taken off life support with her mother, boyfriend and several dedicated friends by her side. A funeral service will be held in Queens and her mother reported that she will make a formal statement following the service.
August 16, 2013