Michael Nance, who competed for Emily Maynard’s affection in the eighth season of ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” was found dead by Austin Police on Monday at the age of 31.
Police have not revealed the cause of death, except that it does not appear to be the result of foul play, People magazine reported.
Police reportedly responded to a 911 call at 2pm Monday to find Nance unresponsive at the scene. He was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead.
On “The Bachelorette,” Nance, a musician and former rehab counselor, spoke about his struggles with an addiction to prescription painkillers.
“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 on the show. “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 find my soulmate.”
A person purporting to be a friend of Nance’s said on Instagram that he had passed away of an overdose while he was staying in a sober living facility, E! Online reported.