The curse of The Bachelor: Nine stars of the hit franchise have lost their lives as Charlie Newling becomes the latest contestant to tragically die
Newling, 36, who appeared on Ali Oetjen’s season of the show in 2018, was confirmed dead after locals found his car on fire at the bottom of a 70-metre cliff.
He was initially a front-runner to win Oetjen’s heart on the Channel 10 show but fans turned on him over his so-called controlling behaviour.
The troubled reality star’s death is the latest in a string of tragic demises linked to the dating show.
Erin Storm, who starred on the twelfth season of The Bachelor USA, tragically passed away in 2016 after getting into a small plane crash.
She was flying an Airborne XT-912 light-sport, weight-shift control plane when she crashed in Los Angeles shortly after taking off from Hawthorne Municipal Airport.
Erin was eliminated in week three by British Bachelor Matt Grant who went on to propose to Shayne Lamas in the finale.
At the time, her occupation was listed as ‘hot dog vendor’.
Since then she had got a new job working as a pilot for Pacific Blue Air, an aircraft training facility based at Hawthorne Airport.
The Bachelorette’s Eric Hill passed away in a tragic paragliding accident in 2014 after filming the US version of the reality show.
He was a contestant on the 10th season of the show featuring Andi Dorfman but he died before the show aired.
Eric was injured when his parachute collapsed and swung him into the side of a hill instead of away from it while he was paragliding at Point of the Mountain in Draper, Utah.
He had been in a coma in hospital, but lost his battle three days later, his sister Karen Tracy confirmed.
Meanwhile, Michael Nance, a reality TV contestant who appeared on Emily Maynard’s season of The Bachelorette, was found dead at 31.
Police were called to a residence in Texas to check on an unresponsive male. He was pronounced dead soon after.
Michael fought for the heart of Emily with 25 other men. He made it to the fourth episode, tying for 11th place.
The Austin, Texas native worked as a rehabilitation counselor and had a thriving side-career as a musician, passionate about sharing art with others.
In 2010, Julien Hug, 35, who competed for the affections of Jillian Harris in season five of the show, was discovered dead in a remote part of the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California two days after his family lost contact with him.
Police used a helicopter to reach the remote location and had to wait overnight to recover the body because of rough terrain.
His parents Bertrand and Denise Hug later said they found a suicide note with messages to his family, co-workers and his girlfriend after his death.
‘In his letter to us he stated that he was suffering from acute depression and he felt it was his only way out,’ they told People magazine in a statement.
‘While publicly outgoing he was an extremely private person who internalised everything. He was depressed and struggling, and nobody knew.’
Meanwhile, Cristy Caserta died unexpectedly in 2018 after suffering an apparent seizure.
Caserta was in a class at a school in Sunrise, Florida when she suddenly slumped forward at her desk.
Her fellow classmates called 911 upon seeing the reality star collapse.
Paramedics arrived to find Caserta in cardiac arrest as they gave her CPR. It appears she died as a result of the sudden seizure.
She was taken to hospital at nearby Westside Regional Medical Center where efforts continued to save her life, but there was no response and she was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
Caserta appeared on season 15 of the hit TV show but she was sent home during the first week.
Former Bachelor contestant Alexa ‘Lex’ McAllister died in 2016 from an overdose of over-the-counter fever reducers and a high blood pressure medication, according to the coroner’s report.
McAllister, who died at the age of 31 in an apparent suicide, was a contestant in the 14th season of the reality dating show in 2010.
Her body was discovered by a concerned friend who arrived at her home to find her surrounded by empty bottles of pills after McAllister texted earlier in the day that she wanted to ‘end her life’.
She was in stable condition when she was taken to Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio but a family member said that her body began to shut down and they made the decision to take her off life support.
The reality star appeared on the 14th season of The Bachelor, in which contestants were competing for Jake Pavelka’s heart.
She was the second contestant from her season to have taken her own life.
Gia Allemand – who was Jake’s third runner-up – tragically took her own life in August 2013 at the age of 29.
She was taken to University Hospital in New Orleans where she was put on life support.
She remained in hospital unconscious in critical condition and on continued life support until her condition failed to improve.
Gia almost made it to the finale on Jake’s season of the hit show, losing out to Vienna Girardi.
Former Bachelorette contestant Tyler Gwozdz died at the age of 29 after a suspected overdose in 2020.
Gwozdz was transported to the hospital after a 911 call was placed for a possible drug overdose, TMZ reported at the time, citing Boca Raton PD.
He was admitted into the ICU and remained in the hospital for at least a week, where his status had been listed as critical but stable condition.
Gwozdz appeared for just a short amount of time on Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette last year.
He was Brown’s first one-on-one date of the season, however his time on the show was short-lived and not long after their outing, Brown revealed without explanation he was no longer on the show.
Bachelorette contestant Clint Arlis died by suicide at age 34.
A coroner’s investigation report stated that the former wrestler had been dealing with paranoia and thought he was being watched, Page Six shared.
Additionally the reality TV star was having issues in his four-year relationship with his girlfriend.
He moved back home with his parents and they thought ‘things were getting better,’ the publication reported.
The investigation report also included the detail that the athlete had planned to go to a nearby high school for a workout on the morning of his suicide.