Tragedy when former Bachelorette star is found dead by a 31-year-old castmate

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Tragedy when former Bachelorette star is found dead by 31-year-old castmate – as devastated friends and family raise money to pay funeral expenses

A participant of The Bachelorette New Zealand has passed away at the age of 31.

Tavita Karika was found overnight by his best friend and Bachelorette co-star Marc Johnson.

“I can confirm that Tavita passed away around midnight last night,” he confirmed Stuff on Friday.

Tragedy: Bachelorette New Zealand star Tavita Karika died Thursday at the age of 31

“I got there about 10 minutes after the paramedics arrived, and about 10 to 15 minutes after that they told us they couldn’t help him,” he continued.

‘I was with him in his last moments. There were many family and friends. ‘

While no other details about his death have been released, this has been confirmed by the NZ Herald that Tavita died in Wellington around midnight on Thursday.

'I was with him in his final moments': Tavita was found overnight by his best friend and bachelorette co-star Marc Johnson (pictured together)

‘I was with him in his final moments’: Tavita was found overnight by his best friend and bachelorette co-star Marc Johnson (pictured together)

Tavita was born in Christchurch, but later moved to Wellington after gaining fame on reality TV.

Friends have since started a GoFundMe to raise money to transport his body back to Christchurch and to help with funeral expenses.

“With heavy hearts we announce the death of our friend Tavita Antoni Karika,” they wrote in the GoFundMe.

Flashback: The late reality star first rose to fame on the Kiwi dating show Heartbreak Island in 2018 (pictured)

Flashback: The late reality star first rose to fame on the Kiwi dating show Heartbreak Island in 2018 (pictured)

Fame: Tavita was a standout contestant on last year's The Bachelorette NZ season

Fame: Tavita was a standout contestant on last year’s The Bachelorette NZ season

On April 29, 2021, Tavita took his last breath and with it our hearts. If you have had the pleasure of knowing Tavita, you will know how difficult this is for his family, friends, and everyone who loved him.

“We want to raise as much as possible to help Tavita’s family with the funeral expenses and to get our boy home.”

In addition to appearing on The Bachelorette last year, Tavita was also a contestant on the 2018 season of the Kiwi dating show Heartbreak Island.

Outside of television, he worked as a model and personal trainer and had just completed training as a hairdresser before his death.

Ambitions: Away from television, he worked as a model and personal trainer, having completed a hairdressing internship just before his death

Ambitions: Away from television, he worked as a model and personal trainer, having completed a hairdressing internship just before his death

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