(NEXSTAR) – Clint Arlis, known to television audiences as one of the contestants who appeared in Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of “The Bachelorette,” has died, his family and friends have revealed. He was 34.
“It is with great sadness to tell you that my family lost my best friend and big brother Clint on the morning of January 11,” reads a message that a woman identified as his sister Taylor, according to TMZ and Entertainment on Facebook. Weekly. “Please respect the privacy of our family as we strive to cope with this great loss.”
Arlis appeared in the 11th season of “The Bachelorette” in 2015, where he introduced himself as an architectural engineer from Chicago. He was one of 26 contestants competing for Bristowe’s love, though he was eliminated from the competition in the third episode of the season.
Nick Viall, a co-star in Bristowe’s season who later starred in “The Bachelor,” sent a message to Twitter when he heard about Arlis’ passing.
“Just heard about Clint Arlis’ passing,” wrote Viall, who added that he got the chance to know Arlis after the filming. “A very kind, unique and talented person who was taken from this world far too soon. RIP Clint.”
Arlis’ death was also announced by his high school wrestling coach on Thursday, People reported. Scott Bayer of Batavia High School in Batavia, Illinois, called Arlis one of the school’s “all-time greats.”
“His legacy as a fierce competitor, tireless worker, a caring influence to younger Batavia breakers, a devoted friend and a loving son and brother will resonate far beyond his days in our presence.” Bayer wrote, partly on Twitter.
Bristowe shared a message on his Instagram story after hearing the news.
“I’m not sure what happened, how it happened. All I want to say is that from knowing him in the show, even though things did not end on the best terms for us, from his time on the show to in Today, I have heard nothing but incredible things about that person.From his peers, his students, his coaches, his teachers, his friends, his family, Clint was highly respected in his world and it is an absolute tragedy of what has happened, ”she said.
Arlis’ cause of death had not been disclosed Friday morning.
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