— The Bachelorette, Michael Nance is Dead – Season 8 Contestant Dies at 31
— Michael joined Emily Maynard’s season of The Bachelorette looking for love
Yesterday, Bachelor Nation was devastated by news that Season 8 contestant Michael Nance died suddenly at the age of just 31.
Nance was found dead Monday around 2 a.m.
Police in Austin, Texas are still investigating the reality star’s cause of death, but before his brief brush with fame, he faced real struggles.
Michael joined Emily Maynard’s season of The Bachelorette looking for love. He didn’t end up with Emily, but he was universally popular.
Despite being eliminated in Bermuda in the fourth week of the season, Nance endeared himself to the cast members he starred with.
Emily herself expressed her condolences after hearing the sad news that The Bachelorette family had lost one of their own.
“So sad waking up to the news about Michael Nance. Such a kind heart with so much talent,” she wrote on Twitter Tuesday.
“Sending prayers and love to his family and friends.”
Nance, an aspiring musician based in Houston, Texas, had been giving guitar lessons to the blind before he went on the ABC series.
He studied biomedical science at Texas A&M University, graduating in 2008, and has a personal YouTube channel dedicated to his music.
Michael went on to work as a rehab counselor, working to help men in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, according to Linkedin.
His last occupation, according to the professional networking site, was a sales rep at Zimmer Biomet, a public medical device company.
Nance admitted to being a recovering addict himself.
“I was addicted to prescription drugs,” he said on his Bachelorette season. “It’s a vicious cycle … I’m almost two years sober now.”