Yesterday I reported that Julien Hug, a contestant on Season 5 of The Bachelorette, was found dead on Wednesday after he was reported missing by his parents on Monday.
Now, it appears that his death was a suicide. His parents, Bertrand and Denise Hug, restaurateurs in California, released a statement to People Magazine this afternoon.
Feeling the need to go public amidst inaccurate news accounts regarding Julien’s death and the circumstances surrounding it, the Hugs confirm that their son had been suffering from acute depression and felt suicide was his only way of escape.
In their statement, the Hugs reflected on Julien’s life, their loss, and the tremendous outpouring of support shown to those who knew and loved him:
“Our son meant the world to us and this came as a complete shock,” the Hugs stated. “We are beyond devastated and completely distraught. … What we saw was his thirst for life with fast cars, motorcycles and his love of skydiving.
“What we see now is the immense amount of love that everyone has for him. Anyone close to Julien is receiving an extreme outpouring of concern via text, email and messages. This is an honored tribute to what an amazing person he was and we thank everyone for their love, prayers and continued support.
“To us Julien was as beautiful inside as he was outside and we wish to have him remembered in this way, a way he deserves and would appreciate, not by false comments from people outside the family. No one he has touched will ever forget him, most of all us.”