Yesterday we brought you the sad story about The Bachelor contestant, who competed for Jake Pavelka’s heart on season 14 of the reality show, being taken to University Hospital in New Orleans, where she passed away. Today, her boyfriend New Orleans Pelican basketball player Ryan Anderson speaks out about her death.

Ryan tells People.com -

"I'm deeply grateful for all the love and support we have received from family, friends and fans," says Anderson. "Gia was the most beautiful person I knew inside and out and she always smiled and made everyone else around her smile."

"She had such an amazing impact on my life and anyone that knew her was blessed. All I have left is to cherish those memories we made together and help perpetuate the many values, faith and love that we shared."