“I’m deeply grateful for all the love and support we have received from family, friends and fans,” Ryan said. “Gia was the most beautiful person I knew inside and out and she always smiled and made everyone else around her smile.”
The 29-year-old model-actress, who appeared on Jake Pavelka’s season of The Bachelor and The Bachelor Pad, was found in her home by Ryan Monday morning. She was transported to the hospital in critical condition. She remained on life support until Wednesday, when she died with family and friends around her.
“She had such an amazing impact on my life and anyone that knew her was blessed. All I have left is to cherish those memories we made together and help perpetuate the many values, faith and love that we shared,” he added.