BOCA RATON, Florida (CNN) — Tyler Gwozdz, a former contestant on “The Bachelorette,” has died at the age of 29, the show’s producers said Thursday.
Gwozdz appeared in Season 15 of the ABC show last year, competing for star Hannah Brown.
“We are heartbroken to hear the tragic news of Tyler’s passing today. Our thoughts are with the Gwozdz family and his friends,” the show’s producers said in a statement.
Gwozdz was the eldest of five siblings, “a loving son and a friend to many,” the producers said. He was an entrepreneur who was planning to become a psychologist and had “an adventurous spirit and a zest for life.”
Deiontrez Mount, a close friend and former NFL player, remembered Gwozdz as a supportive friend and someone who would make any situation funny.
“Tyler was a brother to me. I leaned on him and shared some things I would never share with anyone and he was always positive and hopeful about everything,” Mount told CNN. “It didn’t matter how down I was. Just talking to him would cheer me up.”
CNN has reached out to the Boca Raton Police Department for more information.
A post on the Palm Beach County Medical Examiners Office’s website indicates that a person by the name of Tyler Gwozdz died Wednesday.
The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner confirmed to Fox News the body they have in their possession is Tyler’s.
TMZ reported that Gwozdz was hospitalized for at least a week following a suspected overdose.
Tyler was briefly featured during season 15, but was mysteriously sent home after 3 weeks on the show and a one-on-one date with Hannah, TMZ reported. Hannah told other contestants that Gwozdz “had to leave,” but never explained his removal.