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Clint Arlis, Tyler Gwozdz and More Deaths That Rocked Bachelor Nation

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In Memoriam: Fallen Stars of 2021

Hearts are heavy in Bachelor Nation.

Former Bachelorette contestant Clint Arlis died on Jan. 11, his sister Taylor Lulek recently announced “with great sadness” on Facebook. He was 34 years old. A cause of death was not revealed.

Clint’s death was also confirmed by the Twitter accounts for the wrestling teams at Batavia High School and the University of Illinois, where he’d previously competed. Batavia Wrestling’s tribute described Clint as “the beloved son of Coach Tom Arlis and his wife, Jamie, protective, loving older brother of his sister, Taylor, and the boyhood idol and best friend of his kid brother, Coach Logan Arlis.” In addition to being “extraordinarily devoted to his family,” the message continued, Clint, who had pursued a career in architecture, was also “deeply committed” to wrestling. As the post put it, “His legacies as a fierce competitor, tireless worker, a caring influence to younger Batavia wrestlers, a devoted friend and a loving son and brother will resonate far beyond his days in our presence.”

Clint appeared on Kaitlyn Bristowe‘s season of The Bachelorette in 2015. After news of Clint’s passing broke, Kaitlyn took to social media to pay tribute.

“Even though things didn’t end on the best terms for us, from his time on the show ’til today, I have heard nothing but incredible things about that person,” the 36-year-old reality star shared on Instagram Stories. “From his peers, his students, his coaches, his teachers, his friends, his family, Clint was very well respected in his world and it is an absolute tragedy of what’s happened and I don’t know much right now and it’s none of my business.”  

Clint isn’t the only member of the franchise that Bachelor Nation has lost over the years. To remember other past participants, scroll on. 

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Clint Arlis

Clint Arlis appeared on season 11 of The Bachelorette, which starred Kaitlyn Bristowe and premiered in 2015. He and fellow contestant JJ Lane famously said “villains gotta vill,” and he was eliminated week three.

In January 2022, Clint’s sister Taylor Lulek announced his passing. He was 34 years old. 

“It is with great sadness, to tell you that my family has lost my best friend and older brother Clint on the morning of January 11th,” Taylor wrote on Facebook. “Please respect our family’s privacy as we try to cope with this great loss.”

A cause of death was not revealed.

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Tyler Gwozdz

Tyler Gwozdz, or Tyler G, appeared on Hannah Brown‘s season of The Bachelorette in 2019. After going on the first one-on-one date of season 15, Tyler unexpectedly left the show for an unknown reason soon after. An official reason for his abrupt departure was never revealed, and Hannah simply told the remaining suitors that Tyler “had to leave.”

Tyler died on Jan. 22, 2020, after he was hospitalized for a suspected medical overdose the week prior in Boca Raton, Fla. At the time, the Boca Raton Police Services Department confirmed to E! News that officers responded to a call for a suspected medical overdose at around 10:45 a.m. on Jan. 13, with Tyler then being transported to the hospital. The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner later confirmed that Tyler “died as a result of opioid toxicity (heroin)” and listed the manner of death as an accident.

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Christy Caserta

Christy Caserta, a lawyer who competed on season 15 of The Bachelor starring Brad Womackpassed away at the age of 38 in October 2018. 

Caserta collapsed during a training class in Florida, and after seeing her unresponsive, her classmates quickly called 911 fearing that she’d suffered a seizure. First responders transported her to a hospital, where she subsequently died, a spokesperson for the Sunrise Police Department in Sunrise, Fla. told E! News at the time.

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Michael Nance

Michael Nance was found dead in a residence in Austin, Texas in August 2017. He was 31 years old. According to an autopsy report, Michael, who appeared on Emily Maynard‘s season of The Bachelorette, died from “multiple drug toxicity” and his manner of death was ruled an accident.

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Eric Hill

Before his appearance on Andi Dorfman‘s season of The Bachelorette aired, Eric Hill tragically died in a 2014 accident. He was paragliding with friends when his parachute partially collapsed, according to reports. He was 32 years old.

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Erin Storm

Eight years after appearing on Matt Grant‘s season of The BachelorErin Storm died in a fatal private plane crash in 2016. According to NBC Los Angeles, Erin was the sole occupant of the Airborne XT-912 light-sport, weight-shift control plane and crashed shortly after taking off.

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Gia Allemand

Gia Allemand, who appeared on Jake Pavelka‘s season of The Bachelor, died by suicide in 2013. She was 29 years old.

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Julien Hug

Julien Hug, who appeared on season five of The Bachelorette starring Jillian Harris, was discovered dead in the San Bernardino National Forest in California in 2010. His parents shared that he’d been suffering from depression and had died by suicide. 

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Lex McAllister

Lex McAllister, who appeared on Jake Pavelka’s season of The Bachelordied from a drug overdose in February 2016, E! News confirmed. She was 31 years old. According to the coroner’s report, Lex’s death was due to acute intoxication by the combined effects of amlodipine and acetaminophen, and the manner of death was ruled a suicide.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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‘My Daughter Had a Life’: Family of Lauren Smith-Fields Protest on What Would Have Been Her 24th Birthday

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What would’ve been Lauren Smith-Fields’ 24th birthday celebration was instead a day of protest to demand answers and justice in her mysterious death. Today, approximately 100 family, friends, and activists gathered together in front of the Bridgeport, Connecticut, police department to march to the Margaret E. Morton Government Center, where they chanted “Happy Birthday, Lauren” and “Black Women Matter.” 

“My daughter was a daddy’s girl,” Smith-Fields’ father, Everett Smith, said to the crowd. “To lose your daughter, your only daughter, your baby girl at the ripe age of 23 years old and to be treated the way we were treated by the Bridgeport police department is unacceptable. My daughter had a life, she traveled the world, she went to college and did tutorials on how to do hair and nails. She had a voice and that voice was stripped and the Bridgeport police station ain’t doing shit about it.” 

On Dec. 12, following a Bumble date at her apartment, Smith-Fields was found unresponsive by a white man named Matthew Lafountain. Lafountain called police, reporting that Smith-Fields was unresponsive and had been bleeding from her nose. Smith-Field’s family — who learned of her death days later, after finding a note from the landlord on the door — found a used condom with semen and an unidentified pill in her apartment. They still have not received answers regarding her cause of death and describe communication with detectives as unprofessional and scarce. (Lafountain has not been charged with any crimes, and is not a suspect in the case. Rolling Stone has been unable to reach him for comment.)

The family is demanding answers from Bridgeport Police Department and are upset that they have not heard from city officials regarding the circumstances of Smith-Fields’ death. They also want an apology. The family says their frustration is rooted in the fact that the last person who saw Smith-Fields, Lafountain, was let go without further questioning and or investigation from police. They say the officers on the case have not been responding to their phone calls, and didn’t adequately examine evidence found at the scene of their daughter’s death. As of Friday, the family’s lawyer Darnell Crosland issued a letter to the Bridgeport City Clerk regarding their intent to sue. 

“The police department has been racially insensitive to this family and has treated this family with no respect and has violated their civil rights,” wrote Crosland. “They have failed to investigate this matter, and they refuse to view the last person with Lauren Smith-Fields before she died as a person of interest. This behavior is unacceptable.”

Bridgeport Police Department has not responded to multiple requests for comment from Rolling Stone, but has previously issued a statement to NBC News: This investigation remains open and active. The Detective Bureau is awaiting the final report from the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office for cause and manner of death of Ms. Smith-Fields. The Bridgeport Police Department offers it’s sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Lauren Smith-Fields. We encourage anyone with information regarding this incident to contact either Detective-Sergeant Joseph Morales at 203-581-5219 or the Bridgeport Police TIPS line at 203-576-8477.”

Another family at the protest — that of Brenda Lee Rawls, 53, who died the same weekend as Smith-Fields — claim they were met with indifference by the Bridgeport PD after the untimely loss of a loved one. 

“They treated my sister like a Jane Doe, like they found her on the side of the road with no identification,” said Dorothy Washington, Rawls’s sister. Similar to the Smith-Fields’ family, Rawls’s family say they received no notice or help from the Bridgeport police department. 

“My family is very close and we don’t go a day without talking to each other. The last day we talked to Brenda was on Dec. 11,” Washington said. “On the 12th, she said she was going to a friend’s home to visit after that, we heard nothing from her.” 

After days of calling and texting, the sister went to the man’s home that Rawls said she was visiting. “The guy said ‘Brenda? Oh, she died Sunday,’” said Washington. “‘A police officer and one coroner came to pick her up.’ My family called the hospitals, the police department and they knew nothing about her death.” 

It wasn’t until the family contacted the Farmington Connecticut State Medical Examiner, that they found out where she was. Rawrs died Sunday and the family says they were informed on Tuesday. By the time they were aware, an autopsy had been conducted. 

“They never called us for identification,” said Washington. “We went down there on Friday of that week and the guy at the window gave us the wrong detective’s name. That detective called me back and gave me the right detective’s name. They never started on the investigation. They never quarantined that guy’s house or questioned him. Never quarantined my sister’s apartment. I called [the detective] four or five times, he never reached out.” (Bridgeport PD did not immediately respond to a request for comment.) 

Smith-Fields’ mother wants to create a bill in Smith-Fields’ name that will create police accountability and for families to be notified within 24 hours of the death of a loved one. 

Following the protest, Smith-Fields family and friends who were dressed in her favorite color, pink, released pink balloons into the sky as a celebration for her birthday. The crowd was then invited for cake at a local restaurant in the area. 

“Today would’ve been her 24th birthday. In a couple of days she would have been leaving to go to Greece to celebrate but now that was taken away from her,” said her mother, Shantell Fields. “No one is going to disparage my daughter like she’s rubbish.”

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Fashion Designer Thierry Mugler Dead at 73

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Thierry Mugler — an iconic French fashion designer — has died … this according to his team.

An Instagram on Mugler’s official page went up Sunday with the tragic news. It was a photo of nothing but a blank square, with the caption … “#RIP We are devastated to announce the passing of Mr Manfred Thierry Mugler on Sunday January 23rd 2022. May his soul Rest In Peace.” The same message was repeated in French as well.

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No word on a cause of death, but his passing sees sudden and unexpected — as he didn’t appear to be ill or battling any known ailments.

As you can imagine, the tributes started to pour almost instantly … especially from folks in the fashion world, who knew Mugler well from his decades-long work and influence in the industry.

It goes without saying … Mugler has dressed some of the biggest names in the game, including Kim Kardashian — whom he actually graced with an outfit of his during the 2019 Met Gala, this after he’d officially retired — plus a plethora of other models and stars.

His extravagant designs have been fan-faves among celebs like Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Jerry Hall, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Rihanna, David Bowie, George Michael, Linda Evangelista, Demi Moore, Megan Fox, Miley Cyrus, Madonna, Cindy Crawford, Tyra Banks, Sharon Stone, Diana Ross, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Robin Wright, Bella Hadid … and many others.

All of them have donned Mugler-designed getups at one point or another, be it on the red carpet, on the runway … or on stage. The guy’s work touched at least 3 different decades of fashion — and he was absolutely beloved among Hollywood’s finest.

In addition to his clothing contributions, Mugler also left his mark in the fragrance biz … with a diverse line of perfumes that are still best sellers to this day.

He was 73.

RIP

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O.J. Simpson Hits Florida Bar to Catch NFL Playoff Game, Post-Parole

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O.J. Simpson‘s post-parole life is starting out in the Sunshine State, it seems, because there’s been a Juice sighting in Florida … and wouldn’t you know it, the guy’s at a bar!

The disgraced NFL-er caught the Bucs-Rams matchup Sunday at a place called Bo’s Pub in Ft. Lauderdale … where he was taking in the game, and apparently some drinks too. In photos obtained by TMZ, you see O.J. chillin’ near a group of folks and having a good time.

We’re told O.J. appeared to be with these people — so he wasn’t just randomly there lone-wolfing it. And, per usual, he was getting recognized and approached for photos and the like … which eyewitnesses say he was happy to accommodate.

It actually looks like a young group of ladies might’ve been ooh-ing and ah-ing over O.J. as well — as one pic shows them near his crew, and O.J. not too far with a big grin on his face.

No shock here that O.J.’s keeping up with football — we know he likes to comment on the state of the game and standout moments during the season … including Antonio Brown‘s ungraceful exit from the Buccaneers franchise.

So yea, the fact he’s peeping a big game in public might not be too much of a news flash.

What is interesting, however, is the fact that this seems to be one of the first public outings O.J.’s had since being released early from his parole in Nevada — where he’s been confined for the better part of 5  years now … following his release from prison in 2017.

At least he’s far away from California … where we know he’s not all that welcome, especially from the Brown family.

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