The family of a US reality star have confirmed the “great loss” of Clint Arlis on social media, as co-stars describe the death as “too soon”.
Former US Bachelorette contestant Clint Arlis has died aged 34, his family have confirmed.
Arlis’ sister Taylor took to Facebook on Thursday to make the tragic announcement, urging fans to respect the “family’s privacy” during this difficult time.
“It is with great sadness, to tell you that my family has lost my best friend and older brother Clint on the morning of January 11th,” she wrote.
“Please respect our family’s privacy as we try to cope with this great loss.”
Taylor added that details of his service would be provided later but didn’t reveal a cause of death, Page Six reports.
Arlis appeared on the 2015 season of the US franchise featuring Kaitlyn Bristowe as the Bachelorette.
He was best known for his slogan “villains gotta vill”, in reference to his former co-star Nick Viall, who remembered him as a “very kind, unique, and talented person” following the news of his death.
“Just heard about the passing of Clint Arlis,” the Bachelor alum, 41, tweeted. “I got a chance to get know Clint a little after our time on Kaitlyn’s season and I always enjoy are time and conversations.”
Viall added that Arlis “was taken from this world far too soon”.
Arlis’ former high school wrestling coach, Scott Bayer, also confirmed his passing with an emotional tribute.
“It is with a heavy heart and a sense of profound loss that we announce the death of one of the Batavia Wrestling Program’s All-Time greats,” Bayer tweeted on Jan. 13. “He was [a] talented artist with a sharp wit, a sardonic sense of humour and palpable authenticity.
He added: “The heartfelt speech he dedicated to his dad at his retirement celebration made me proud to know both of them.”
Arlis was eliminated in the third week of his season of the Bachelorette. In the years since his appearance on the dating reality show, Arlis kept a low profile and deleted his social media accounts.
Bristowe ultimately got engaged to Jason Tartick in May 2021 after splitting from Season 11 winner Shawn Booth in 2018.
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US ‘Bachelorette’ star Clint Arlis dead at 34