- Associated Press - Friday, November 5, 2010

PALM DESERT, CALIF. (AP) - A family spokeswoman says a one-time contestant on “The Bachelorette” reality TV show committed suicide off a highway in Southern California.

Spokeswoman Audrey Doherty said Friday that Julien Hug left his parents a letter explaining to them that he was suffering from depression and felt suicide was the only way out. Hug’s body was found Wednesday in the remote Pinyon Pines area off Highway 74 in Riverside County, about 90 miles east of Los Angeles.

The county coroner’s office wouldn’t release any details on the cause of death.

Hug was a contestant in the ABC show in May 2009 but was passed over for another contestant. Doherty says she does not know what impact this may have had on Hug, who had since had a new girlfriend.

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