Lex McAllister, a woman who appeared as a contestant in the hit TV series The single person in 2010, died in an apparent suicide.
The 31-year-old, allegedly suffering from depression and bipolar disorder, allegedly overdosed on February 13 in what law enforcement and her family believe was an attempt to kill themselves, according to TMZ.
As she overdosed on Saturday and was taken to hospital after being found unconscious, her organs began to fail and soon after – she was brain dead, Hollywood life reported. Subsequently, her family were forced to weigh the difficult decision to keep life support or to unplug the plug – they would have chosen the latter.
According to TMZ, Police in Columbus, Ohio, received a call to 911 around 2:00 p.m. Saturday, indicating that she had apparently overdosed on prescription drugs.
Drug overdose deaths have increased dramatically in recent years, as official statistics released by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show a 14% increase in drug overdose deaths in 2014; this compared to the previous year. What’s more, statistics from the CDC show that the number of such deaths exceeded the number caused by traffic accidents in the same year.
The recently deceased, who was eliminated in the first week of the 14th season of The single person, was pronounced dead Tuesday morning at the age of 31.
In 2013, Gia Allemand became the first competitor of the ABC reality competition to commit suicide. The 29-year-old allegedly committed suicide by hanging at her home in New Orleans, Louisiana.