Bachelorette Contestant Michael Nance Dead at 31
A member of Bachelor Nation has passed away.
A representative for the Austin Police Department tells PEOPLE the precinct received a 911 call shortly after 2 p.m. on Monday and arrived at the scene to find Nance, 31, unresponsive. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
No cause or manner of death has been determined yet, though Nance’s death does not appear to be a result of foul play. An autopsy is being performed Tuesday, with toxicology results expected to take weeks.
Nance appeared on the ABC reality series when he was 26 and revealed in his Bachelorette introduction package that he had previously struggled with prescription painkillers abuse.
“Right now, life is good, but I haven’t put as much focus on my love life because the way I was a couple years ago, no one would have wanted to be around me,” he said. “I was addicted to prescription pain medicine. It all starts out fun and then somewhere along the road, it just turned into something else. It’s a vicious cycle and it ate away at me for a long time.”
“I’m almost two years sober, now, and it’s not that easy — you have to completely change your way of living,” he continued. “But my life is really, really good today. … I’m happy and I’m content, but there are things missing in my life. I would like to fund my soulmate.”
Following his appearance on The Bachelorette, the musician and Austin native starred in a music video for his song “The Heezy.”
After learning about Nance’s passing, several members of Bachelor Nation took to Twitter to express their condolences, including Maynard.
“So sad waking up to the news about Michael Nance. Such a kind heart with so much talent. Sending prayers and love to his family and friends,” she tweeted.
“My heart breaks to hear about the passing of my friend Michael Nance,” former Bachelor star Sean Lowe, 33, tweeted about Nance, with whom he competed against on Maynard’s season. “He was a sweet man with a kind soul. We all loved him on Bachelorette.”
During his run on The Bachelorette, local news station KAMC caught up with Nance’s mother, who revealed about his experience on the show: “He said it was the best thing that ever happened to him.”
ABC is not releasing a statement at this time.