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Destroyed By Addiction? Inside The Tragic Life Of 'Bachelorette' Star Michael Nance

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May 30 2017, Published 9:06 p.m. ET

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Former Bachelor star, Michael Nance of Emily Maynard's season has died at just 31 years old. But long before his short-lived reality show fame, he'd faced serious struggles.

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Nance joined Maynard's season of The Bachelorette in 2012 hoping to find love.

But Nance was booted off the show in week 4 of the Bachelorette when all of the contestants took a trip to Bermuda.

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Nance was an aspiring musician based in Houston, Texas. Before appearing on Emily's season of the Bachelorette, he had been giving guitar lessons to the blind. He has a personal youtube channel dedicated to his music.

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Nance studied biomedical science at Texas A&M University, graduating in 2008. He went on to work as a rehab counselor where he counseled men in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, according to his Linkedin.

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Nance last described his occupation as a sales rep at Zimmer Biomet — a publicly traded medical device company.

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On the show, Nance admitted to being a recovering prescription drug addict.

“I was addicted to prescription drugs,” he said. “It’s a vicious cycle … I’m almost two years sober now.”

He posted this photo on his Instagram, March of this year, with the caption " You are."

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In 2016, it appears he had found love with a Newport Beach woman. He held a residency at Newport for the past couple years.

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Former Bachelorette star, Emily Maynard released a statement on Twitter in light of his death:

"So sad waking up to the news about Michael Nance. Such a kind heart with so much talent. Sending prayers and love to his family and friends."

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Nance is pictured here (far right) with his family.

Nance was found dead Monday night around 2:00 AM. Austin Police are still investigating the cause of death. Here he is pictured with his beloved dog, Mia.

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