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Bachelorette star Tyler Gwozdz laid to rest in hometown funeral weeks after ‘heroin’ overdose death

THE Bachelorette contestant Tyler Gwozdz was laid to rest in his hometown of Riverdale, Connecticut on Saturday.

The 30-year-old, who died from a suspected heroin overdose on January 23, was remembered for "making the world a better place" with his humble attitude.

Laid to rest at St Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church, the ABC contestant was described by family as a man, who "never met a stranger he didn't like."

"Tyler believed fully in unconditional love, and acceptance, gratitude, and making the world a better place," read the former consultant's obituary.

"No matter where he lived, his commitment to enriching his community remained strong. He was undoubtedly one of the smartest people we know and captivated every one of us with his humbleness."

The heartfelt eulogy revealed that Tyler had moved to Boca Rato to "pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a psychologist" and had enrolled in Florida Atlantic "to work towards his Masters in Psychology."

His beavered family asked those to send donations to the Tyler A. Gwozdz Foundation; "a charitable organization created to increase local education on the disease of addiction and to support and finance addiction recovery for those in need" in place of flowers.

Since setting up the charity page in his honour, the GoFundMe has generated over $116,000 of their new $150,000 target after surpassing their initial goal.

The page reads: "The Gwozdz family is overwhelmed by the support and love shown by everyone in our lives.

"We are also at a loss for words over the sudden passing of Tyler.

"The devastation and heartbreak caused by addiction is unfortunately becoming a reality for too many families across the United States as the epidemic of this disease continues to spread.

"That is why we are establishing the Tyler A. Gwozdz Foundation, a charitable organization created to increase local education on the disease of addiction and to support and finance addiction recovery programs.

"It is our hope that this foundation can help, in any way, to lessen the burden of addiction for families like ours in the future.

The reality star was found unresponsive on January 13 after police responded to a 911 call from a Florida home.

Last month, The Sun Online exclusively revealed that Tyler's friend cried "please wake up” in a harrowing 911 call before the suspected overdose death.

A female friend told the 911 operator in the chilling call: "My friend overdosed and he won’t wake up."

The friend explained how he was in her bathroom “unresponsive” with the door locked.

When asked what he took, the friend responded: “Heroin, I don’t know.”

The friend could then be heard sobbing: “Please wake up, please, please, please wake up.”

She then broke into the bathroom and attempted to move him on his back, as the operator directed.

She cried: “I’m so scared. Wake up. Look at me. Wake up. Please wake up. He’s on his back.”

The friend told the 911 operator that she was unable to locate narcan, which is used to prevent opiate overdose death.

Paramedics were then heard attempting to save the former reality star's life. He was rushed to the hospital.

The Chief Medical Examiner for Palm Beach County confirmed to The Sun that the cause of death is under investigation.

Tyler was catapulted into the spotlight during season 15 of The Bachelorette when he competed for Hannah Brown's heart in 2019.

However, he unexpectedly left the show after three weeks, with Hannah simply telling the other men that he "had to leave".

To the camera, she said: "Tyler G. had to leave, and that’s upsetting because I really enjoyed my date with him."

Cam Ayala, another contestant from Hannah's season, later revealed to ET that show bosses told him: "We can't really talk about this, but it's in the best interest for Hannah and for Tyler for him to no longer be here."

He hadn't posted on his once active social media page since September 2019.

Bachelorette star Tyler Gwozdz in happier times enjoying a picnic with Hannah Brown

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