Gwozdz appeared on two episodes of The Bachelorette last year. He got the first one-on-one date of the season, before getting sent home off-camera without explanation. All Hannah said was that he "had to leave." He addressed his departure in a statement to Refinery29 at the time, saying, "This was a decision that I came to with producers, and something that I've come to realize what is the best decision that could've been made." He was identified on the show as a psychology graduate student from Boca Raton, Florida.
According to TMZ, which heard the 911 call, Gwozdz was hospitalized on Jan. 13 after police and paramedics were called to a home in Boca Raton for a possible drug overdose. He died Wednesday, Jan. 22.
The Bachelor's producers issued a statement via Warner Bros.-operated Bachelor site Bachelor Nation. "We are heartbroken to hear the tragic news of Tyler's passing today," they said. "Our thoughts are with the Gwozdz family and his friends."
Bachelor Nation describes Tyler as "The eldest of five, Tyler was a loving son and friend to many. A successful entrepreneur, Gwozdz was planning on becoming a psychologist, working to obtain his PhD. Tyler had an adventurous spirit and a zest for life."