Former “Bachelorette” contestant Clint Arlis has died, his sister Taylor has announced. He was 34 years old.
“It is with great sadness that I announce that my family lost my best friend and older brother Clint on the morning of January 11th,” she wrote on Facebook. “Please respect our family’s privacy as we try to come to terms with this great loss.”
Taylor added that details of his service would be provided later, but did not reveal the cause of death.
Although Arlis, who appeared in Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season, was best known for his “bad guys have to be bad guys” catchphrase, his former co-star Nick Viall remembered him as a “very nice, unique person. and talented.”
“I have just learned of the death of Clint Arlis”, the former “Bachelor”, 41 years old, tweeted. “I got to know Clint a bit after our time on Kaitlyns season and I still appreciate the time and the conversations.”
Viall added that Arlis “was taken from this world far too soon”.
Former Arlis High School wrestling coach Scott Bayer also confirmed his passing with a moving tribute.
“It is with heavy hearts and a sense of profound loss that we announce the passing of one of the great names in Batavia’s wrestling program,” Bayer tweeted on January 13. “It was [a] talented artist with a quick wit, a sardonic sense of humor and a palpable authenticity.
He added: “The heartfelt speech he dedicated to his father during his retirement celebration made me proud to know them both.”
Arlis was eliminated in week three of season 11, which aired in 2015. In the years since appearing on the reality show, Arlis has kept a low profile and deleted his social media accounts.
Bristowe finally got engaged to Jason Tartick in May 2021 after splitting from Season 11 winner Shawn Booth in 2018.