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The Bachelorette: Hug’s Parents Say It Was Suicide

November 06, 2010 08:00 AM by Shayla Perry

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Parents of former Bachelorette contestant, Julien Hug, have announced that their son committed suicide. Keep reading for more details on the letter the ABC reality star left behind, and why his parents decided to come forward.

Bertrand and Denise Hug, parents of the former Bachelorette contestant, Julien Hug, are coming forward to the press about the details of their son’s shocking death, admitting that it was, in fact a suicide.

“In his letter to us he stated that he was suffering from acute depression and he felt it was his only way out,” Hug’s parents revealed yesterday. “We feel it is necessary at this time to address the media as we are devastated by some of the comments that are coming out.”

The grieving parents add, “Our son meant the world to us and this came as a complete shock. We are beyond devastated and completely distraught. … What we saw was his thirst for life with fast cars, motorcycles and his love of skydiving.”

The 35-year-old Julien Hug’s body was found this week in a remote area of the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California after being reported missing on Monday.

After the news of his death, friends of Hug, including former Bachelorette contestants, and the season 5 Bachelorette herself, Jillian Harris, had nothing but kind words to say about the star.

“What we now see is the immense amount of love that everyone has for him,” said the Hug family. “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.”

Funeral services for Hug have been planned for November 12th.

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