According to his family, Josh Seiter, a former candidate on ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” has passed away. He was 36 years old.
In a statement published on Monday to his Instagram, Seiter’s family announced the sad news of his passing.
“It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share the tragic news of Joshua’s unexpected passing,” the statement read. “As all who knew him can attest, Joshua was an incredibly bright light in an increasingly dim world. His fearless voice and indomitable spirit helped thousands of people in their darkest moments feel just a little less alone.”
“Although our heartache at Joshua’s passing pains up beyond measure, we find comfort in knowing that he is finally at peace,” the statement continued. “We hope and pray that his spirit can continue to live on in the pictures and words on this page, which we will leave up for the time being. While we do that, we would kindly ask for privacy as we grieve.”
Seiter competed on Kaitlyn Bristowe’s “The Bachelorette” season in 2015; he was booted out after the first week.
While Seiter’s family did not disclose his cause of death, their statement concluded with, “For anybody who is experiencing a mental health crisis and needs help, the 988 SMS lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress, as well as prevention and crisis resources.”
In a post on Instagram on Thursday, Seiter wrote, “Surviving depression and anxiety one day at a time with a smile.”