Former New Zealand bachelorette star Tavita Karika dead at 31

The world of entertainment has lost a rising star.

Tavita Karika, who appeared on the first season of New Zealand’s The Bachelorette and Heartbreak Island, has died at the age of 31.

The reality TV personality’s family announced the heartbreaking news on the online fundraising website Givealittle earlier this week.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of our friend Tavita Antoni Karika,” said a statement. “On April 29, 2021, Tavita took his last breath, and with it our hearts. If you have had the pleasure of knowing Tavita, you will know how difficult it is for his family, friends and everyone who loves him.”

At this point it is unknown what the star’s cause of death is.

In addition, Tavita’s former co-stars on The Bachelorette and Heartbreak Island used social media to offer condolences.

“I can confirm that Tavita passed away around midnight last night” Marc Johnson, Bachelorette alum, told New Zealand news agency Stuff. “I can’t tell you if it was before or after because it was just too emotional and before I knew it, four or five hours had passed.”

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