Former “Bachelorette” contestant Tyler Gwozdz has died at the age of 29, multiple outlets report.
He appeared on the latest season of the dating series in 2019, where he briefly courted “Bachelorette” Hannah Brown before being abruptly removed from her season with no explanation from the show. He was known as Tyler G. to Bachelor Nation, so as not to be confused with the ever-popular Tyler Cameron, who landed in Brown’s final two.
According to TMZ, Gwozdz died Wednesday after being hospitalized for a suspected drug overdose.
Gwozdz posted a photo of himself and Brown on his Instagram in May of 2019, writing, “How can you be nervous once you see that smile?”
He later told Refinery29 of his exit after the third episode that it “was a decision that I came to with producers and something that I’ve come to realize what is the best decision that could’ve been made.”
Rumors had spread that the reason for Gwozdz’s exit from “The Bachelorette” was due to accusations that he had made misogynistic comments on Reddit, though that was never confirmed.
The show’s producers released a statement saying, “We are heartbroken to hear the tragic news of Tyler’s passing today. Our thoughts are with the Gwozdz family and his friends.”
“The Internet is an amazing tool and can be used to create all sorts of good in the world, but I think it’s important that we address the reality of the situation. Anybody can say anything they want about anybody they want. Period,” Gwozdz also said in the Refinery29 interview.
“It’s having a shocking effect on the younger generation, especially young women. Girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims of cyberbullying, and bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide. Please think about what you post. I am more than happy to take the slings and arrows of the internet world if it can help save one young person from experiencing what my family and I are currently battling. If you are lost, message me. I’m here for you. Reach out. There is love in this world.”