Former Bachelor contestant Lex McAllister dies aged 31

A contestant who vied for Jake Pavelka's heart on season 14 of The Bachelor has died in an apparent suicide. Jake was among the first to pay tribute to Lex McAllister, taking to Twitter to remember the 31-year-old. "I am so sad to hear about Alexa. Such a beautiful girl," he wrote. "My heart breaks for her family. Covering them in prayer during this rough time."

According to official reports, authorities received a 911 call on Saturday afternoon from a caller who stated that Lex had overdosed on prescription medication. She had texted the unidentified caller saying she wanted to end her life, and when they arrived they found her at home with empty prescription bottles.

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Former Bachelor star Lex McAllister has passed away aged 31

Lex was then taken to Grant Medical Centre in Columbus on Saturday in a stable condition, but it was noted she had taken "a lot" of tablets.

Sadly her health began to deteriorate and her family made the heartbreaking decision to take her off life support. She passed away in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Jake Pavelka was among those who paid tribute to Lex

Lex's sister-in-law was working at the hospital when the incident took place. "She was brought to my facility while I was at work," ER nurse Julie told People. "So I was there with her and so was her brother, my husband, who's a police officer for the city. So we were both with her at all times.

"We were there when she came in, and she was alert at first, and then her health just deteriorated rapidly, I think from the pills settling in her body."

Julie said that the entire family gathered by Lex's bedside to say goodbye. She admitted that while there were "whispers" of a struggle with depression, no one knew "that it was this bad".

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Lex's family made the heartbreaking decision to turn off her life support

"You could see different phases in her, the manic and the depressive states, and sometimes when alcohol would become involved, it just spiraled," Julie said. "I think that she had a really rough week last week and I think maybe she was drinking a little bit more, I think it spiraled into something that she just couldn't get ahold of."

She continued, "It sounds like, from what we've been able to piece together, that she reached out to some acquaintances to get together or hang out and they were all busy and she didn't tell any of us."

Lex's death is the second tragedy to have hit season 14 of The Bachelor. In August 2013, third runner-up Gia Allemand died in hospital two days after trying to hang herself. She was 29.