Michael Nance, a contestant on the eighth season of "The Bachelorette," was found dead early in the morning of May 29 in his Texas home. He was 31 years old.
Police in Austin, Texas, said that they do not believe the death to be suspicious, and a medical examiner will determine the cause, reports TMZ.
Authorities have not yet shared how Nance died, although the Austin musician, who worked at a rehab center and as a musician, has frequently talked about his addiction to prescription painkillers. When he appeared on the dating show, he opened up about his substance abuse and said at the time that he was two years sober. In late 2016, he suffered a brain bleed, according to an Instagram post.
"I will always remember my friend Michael Nance for his kind and fragile soul," tweeted X Games medalist Arie Luyendyk Jr., according to E! News. "Addiction is a terrible disease, may he finally find peace."
In 2012, Nance vied for the affection of "Bachelorette" star Emily Maynard but didn't make it all the way to the end of the contest.
"So sad waking up to the news about Michael Nance," Maynard wrote on Twitter. "Such a kind heart with so much talent. Sending prayers and love to his family and friends."
Though the nature of the dating program can sometimes brew conflict and drama, a number of fellow cast members had only positive things to say about their friend.
"He was one of the nicest and most genuine guys in the house," recalled cast member Kalon McMahon. "We kept in touch after the show and I'm just really sad. His music was amazing. He was amazing. He was a gentle giant."
Ex-contestant Chris Bukowski described Nance as "a gentle man with a huge heart" and said that it was "extremely difficult" to learn that his friend had died.
"My fondest memories of Michael were when he would sing and play guitar in the 'Bachelor' house," cast member Tony Pieper said. "You could tell that was his happy and joyous place. He had such a big heart and was such a genuine guy. We lost a good one in Michael. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. RIP, buddy."
Nance graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009 with a degree in biomedical science, notes Deadline.
"My heart breaks to hear about the passing of my friend Michael Nance," said Sean Lowe, a fellow 'Bachelorette' contestant and Texan, according to E! News. "He was a sweet man with a kind soul. We all loved him on 'Bachelorette.'"