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The Bachelorette: West Lee’s Past Still Haunts Him

May 26, 2011 10:30 AM by Candace Young

West Lee, one of the contestants vying for Ashley Hebert‘s heart on The Bachelorette, revealed during the show Monday night that he is a widower. His wife, Sarah Young, died in 2007 under less than ideal circumstances, and her death continues to haunt West, who was investigated and cleared, to this day.  Keep reading for further details…

On Monday’s season-opener of The Bachelorette, hopeful West Lee, a prosecutor from South Carolina, revealed that he lost his wife, Sarah, back in 2007 when she drowned in the bathtub of their home.  He explained that she had a history of seizures and was face-down in the tub when he went to check on her. West called 911.

According to People, the story doesn’t end there. A lengthy police investigation was conducted amid allegations of drug use by the pair and concerns that Sarah suffered from mental health issues. West was cleared of any wrong doing, but Sarah’s mother didn’t buy it. Police looked into the death a second time after she expressed doubt.

Although Sarah was found to have alcohol and marijuana in her body at the time of her death,  police in South Carolina remain unsure as to whether her death might have been a suicide.  Lee told the coroner that his wife had suffered from depression and had tried suicide on two previous occasions.

Presently, the case is closed, and authorities do not expect to re-open it.

On The Bachelorette, West talked about how much Sarah’s death hurt him, saying part of his heart died.

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