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Who was The Bachelorette’s Josh Seiter and what was his cause of death?

Josh Seiter, a former contestant on The Bachelorette, has died. He was 36.

Seiter’s death was confirmed by his family on Monday in a statement on his Instagram.

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Josh Seiter, ‘Bachelorette’ contestant, dead at 36

Who was Josh Seiter?

Josh Seiter was a former contestant on the hit reality dating show, The Bachelorette.

He was born on August 14, 1987, in Chicago, Illinois.

Josh studied sociology and political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Following his bachelor’s degree, Josh went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

In June 2023, Josh came out as bisexual in an interview with Instinct Magazine.

He opened up about his upbringing in a conservative Christian household and the difficulties he faced when opening up his sexuality.

“I always knew as an early teen I was different sexually, I just don’t think I had the vocabulary to articulate what that difference was. I don’t think the vocabulary ITSELF even existed,” he told the publication.

How did Josh Seiter die?

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Josh Seiter cause of death

On Monday, August 28, 2023, Josh’s family reported via his Instagram that the TV personality had passed.

The statement read: “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share the tragic news of Joshua’s unexpected passing.

“As all who knew him can attest, Joshua was an incredibly bright light in an increasingly dim world.”

They continued: “His fearless voice and indomitable spirit helped thousands of people in their darkest moments feel just a little less alone.

“Although our heartache at Joshua’s passing pains us beyond measure, we find comfort knowing that he is finally at peace.”

While his family hadn’t disclosed his cause of death, the statement included a phone number for those who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.

Prior to the news, Josh had been a longtime advocate for mental health awareness.

In July 2021, Josh captioned a photo of himself: “I’m Josh Seiter, and I’m a suicide attempt survivor. I battle OCD, Bipolar Depression, and GAD, but I refuse to give up. What did you survive?”

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When was Josh Seiter on The Bachelorette?

Josh Seiter was on season 11 of The Bachelorette while Kaitlyn Bristowe took over in 2015.

However, he was sent home during night one.

Since his appearance on the hit series, Josh gained a mass following via social media. On Instagram, Josh accumulated 456,000 followers on the app.

Following his Bachelorette fame, he also met 1000-Lb. Sisters star Amy Slaton following her divorce and shared his experience.

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 988 or chat on You can also text HOME to 741741 for Crisis Text Line.

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