Joshua Seiter, a former contestant on “The Bachelorette,” has died at the age of 36 after a struggle with mental health issues, according to a statement released by his family on Monday.
Seiter’s family confirmed the news of his death in a message posted to his Instagram account. “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,” the family wrote.
The family went on to pay tribute to Seiter, and spoke of the lasting impression he left on those who loved him.
“His fearless voice and indomitable spirit helped thousands of people in their darkest moments feel just a little less alone,” they wrote.
They then touched on his struggles with mental health.
“Although our heartache at Joshua’s passing pains us beyond measure, we find comfort in knowing that he is finally at peace. We hope and pray that his spirit can continue to live on in the pictures and words on this page, which we will leave up for the time being,” the family posted. “While we do that, we would kindly ask for privacy as we grieve.”
The family went on to encourage others who may be battling mental health issues to seek help. (RELATED: New Information Surfaces In Investigation Into ‘Euphoria’ Star Angus Cloud’s Death)
“For anybody who is experiencing a mental health crisis and needs help, the 988 SMS Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress, as well as prevention and crisis resources,” they wrote.
Seiter participated as a contestant on “The Bachelorette” during Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season in 2015 and was eliminated the first week, according to NBC News.