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The Bachelorette: Friend Says Hug Shot Himself

November 07, 2010 10:00 AM by Shayla Perry

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A friend of former Bachelorette contestant, Julien Hug, says that the 35-year-old who was reported missing and later found dead in California shot himself. Read on for more info.

In an interview with RadarOnline, Tom Ulrich, a friend of the recently deceased Hug, revealed that the former contestant of ABC’s The Bachelorette drove to a remote area of California and shot himself in the head, telling the website he was in “disbelief” when he first heard the news from friends of his in the FBI.

“With all the wealth and privilege Julien had, I can’t imagine why he would take his own life,” Ulrich said.

A regular at the Hug’s restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe, Ulrich says of Julien, “He was the life of this place. He could make a mean Mai-Tai and have you coming back for round four.” Ulrich adds, “He was something special. A true gentlemen and a respected man. I will miss him and the good times we shared. I loved that boy.”

The Hug’s restaurant was packed this weekend with friends and other members of the community coming out to support the family.

“This is what he meant to people,” says Ulrich. “He touched everyone in this room. And make no mistake, we will all miss that beautiful and courageous man.”

Julien Hug’s body was found on Wednesday near a highway in Southern California, about 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Due to the rough terrain of the area and the lack of light, Hug’s body wasn’t retrieved until Thursday morning. Details of the case were not immediately made available by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, but they did say that foul play was not suspected in Julien’s death.

On Friday, amid many false reports and rumors about what caused Hug’s death, his parents released a statement revealing that the 35-year-old had commit suicide and left a letter for his family.

Officials are still waiting for the Coroner’s Report to determine Hug’s exact cause of death.

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