Poe alarmed viewers when she described the story of her loss of husband Sanderson as "amazing"

By Gabrielle Olya
February 03, 2015 04:30 PM
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Viewers around the country cringed when The Bachelor contestant Kelsey Poe broke the news to Chris Soules that she had been widowed in May 2013, and moments later boasted to camera about how “amazing” her story is.

“Isn’t it amazing?” said the school counselor, 28, with an apparently gleeful tone. “Tragic, but amazing. I love my story!”

“I know this is a show about Chris,” she also said on camera. “But this is my love story, too. This is the unfolding of somebody who’s been through something so tragic and you get to watch her pick up the pieces and grow into another person and into another relationship.”

Poe described her late husband Sanderson as the love of her life before he died suddenly at the age of 42 due to heart failure.

According to his obituary, which was posted on Tulsa World, Sanderson was a jazz musician who studied at the New School for Social Research in New York City and the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, Belgium.

“Sanderson played the upright double bass and had a very successful music career in Europe before returning to the United States where he met and married Kelsey in 2009,” it reads. “Sanderson’s music is still being performed in Europe today.”

The obit also lists his “unusual accomplishments” including “working on a fishing boat in Iceland, exercising horses in Hyde Park London, and being an outstanding rugby player in England.”

Kelsey was 19 when they originally met and 23 when they married, according to The River 100.5 radio.

In her official Bachelorette bio page, Kesley wrote, “If I never had to experience the death of a loved one, I would be very happy.”

Although she deactivated her Twitter account, Kelsey responded to backlash from Monday night’s episode on her Facebook page writing, “Sander’s death was absolutely devastating, but finding a way to live through it and my strength to survive is amazing.”

“Insinuating that I would dishonor my husband is ripping the scab off an unhealed wound. The pain is tortuous.”

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