Tyler Gwozdz, who was a contestant on season 15 of ‘The Bachelorette,’ died at just 29 years old. Now officials are revealing how he died so young.
UPDATE 2 (3/11/20) 9pm ET: The Palm Beach County, FL Medical Examiner determined that Tyler “died as a result of opioid toxicity (heroin)” and that the death appeared “accidental.” In paperwork obtained by E! News, “Given this information and a lack of admission specimens for testing his death is best classified as Opioid Toxicity (Heroin). It is possible that the offending agent could have been a different substance than heroin,” the document stated. “However, given the circumstances it is best classified as such. If additional information becomes available in the future, it will be evaluated, and if needed the cause of death amended.”
UPDATE: (1/23/20, 5:20 pm ET) — Bachelor producers said in a statement to Bachelor Nation, “We are heartbroken to hear the tragic news of Tyler’s passing today. Our thoughts are with the Gwozdz family and his friends.”
The Bachelorette star, Tyler Gwozdz, is dead, the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s office confirms. Tyler’s body is currently with the Medical Examiner in office in Florida. The 29-year-old was a contestant on Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette in 2019, and was hospitalized on Jan. 13 after a suspected overdose. “On Jan. 13, we responded to a medical overdose involving Tyler,” the Boca Raton Police Department told HollywoodLife. TMZ reports that Tyler was admitted to the ICU after being rushed to the hospital, and was there for a week before news of his death was confirmed on Jan. 23.
TMZ reports that Tyler’s body was no longer in the hospital as of Tuesday, Jan. 21, but his date of death is still unconfirmed. The details surrounding the suspected overdose have not been confirmed. The woman who called 911 on Jan. 13 told dispatchers that Tyler had locked himself in the bathroom and may have done heroin. Tyler’s family has not responded to comment any comment requests at this time.
Tyler was only on two episodes of The Bachelorette. During the premiere, he did not get much screen time, but caught Hannah’s eye quickly and was asked to go on the first one-on-one date in episode two. Hannah and Tyler hit it off, and she gave him the rose at the end of the date. However, their love story didn’t last. In episode three, Hannah found out that Tyler had “left the show.” Viewers were given no explanation as to why he had suddenly departed. Considering she formed a fast connection with Tyler, Hannah was briefly pretty upset by him leaving.
Hannah has not yet spoken out about the tragic news of Tyler’s passing. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.