Clint Arlis stars in 2015 season of ABC's The Bachelorette
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Clint Arlis, best known for appearing on season 11 of US dating show The Bachelorette, has died, his friend has confirmed. He was only 34 years old.
It is with a heavy heart
His cause of death is currently unknown.
Clint’s death was announced by family friend Scott Bayer, who took to Twitter to share the heartbreaking news.
Alongside snaps of the TV star, Scott penned: “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, 2005 graduate, Clint Arlis.
“Clint was the beloved son of Coach Tom Arlis and his wife, Jamie, protective, loving older brother of his sister, Taylor, and the boyhood idol and best friend of his kid brother, Coach Logan Arlis.”
In a separate post, he continued: “His legacies as a fierce competitor, tireless worker, a caring influence to younger Batavia wrestlers, a devoted friend and a loving son and brother will resonate far beyond his days in our presence.
“On behalf of all of us in the Batavia Wrestling Family, we send our deepest and most sincere condolences to the Arlis Family during this period of unimaginable heartbreak and grief.”
Scott added: “I have come to know Clint over the years since I joined Tom’s coaching staff and the Batavia Wrestling Family in the late fall of 2005, after his graduation.
“I have found him to be extraordinarily devoted to his family and deeply committed to the sport wrestling at a level few of us have ever reached in our careers.”
Clint rose to prominence in the hit dating show as he competed for Kaitlyn Bristowe’s attention, but was eliminated after just three weeks.
The Bachelorette mirrors that of The Bachelor, following a female contestant on her quest to find true love.
The singleton gets a chance to date various men over a period of several weeks and decide who she will marry.
Star of Bachelor Nation Nick Viall, described Clint as “a very kind, unique, and talented person who was taken from this world far too soon” in a moving tribute online.
Illinois Wrestling also tweeted: “We are incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of former Illini wrestler Clint Arlis.
“Our thoughts are with Clint’s family and friends during this heartbreaking time. We will miss you, Clint.”
Fans of the show also rushed to social media to share their condolences and pay their respects.
One Twitter user wrote: “So very shocking, sadden…. he is so young, gone to soon…. rip Clint Arlis”
A second added: “Horrible news. RIP.
Another penned: “Clint Arlis was and always will be in my memory one of the most kind and genuine souls I have ever met.”
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