'The Bachelorette' Contestant Michael Nance Dead at 31

"Extremely hard learning the news of Michael Nance's passing", Bukowski wrote of the rehab counselor and musician. When officers arrived to the scene, the unresponsive male was identified as Nance and he was pronounced dead at 2:54 a.m.

While the cause of his death has not yet been determined, this is not the first passing to shake the franchise and its legions of past cast members and followers. "Sending prayers and love to his family and friends", she tweeted. "He'll be missed but not forgotten", Bukowski wrote.

Season 8 runner-up Arie Luyendyk Jr. posted, "I will always remember my friend Micheal Nance for his kind and fragile soul".

Michael competed for Emily Maynard back in 2012, before she eventually sent him home mid-season.

'The Bachelorette' Contestant Michael Nance Dead at 31

Some of his co-stars from the 8th season, including Chris Bukowski, took to Twitter to acknowledge and express sympathy for the tragic news. "My thoughts are with his family and friends", he tweeted.

In his contestant video, Nance said he lived in Austin and was a musician.

The morning after one of the all-time greatest episodes of The Bachelorette ever to air, Bachelor Nation was rocked by some awful news. He was a sweet man with a kind soul. To date, three former Bachelor or Bachelorette contestants have taken their own lives: Gia Allemand, Julien Hug and Lex McAllister. It is unknown if Michael Nance's death will be mentioned at any point when the ABC reality show competition airs. Gia Allemand, who also competed in Season 14, took her own life after a fight with her National Basketball Association star boyfriend Ryan Anderson. However, Bachelor Nation is known for being very tight knit, like family. It's clear that Michael Nance will be missed by many.

  • Leroy Wright