Police responded to a call about a possible drug overdose involving Tyler Gwozdz at a Boca Raton apartment Jan. 13, records show.
BOCA RATON — Tyler Gwozdz, a Boca Raton man who appeared briefly on Season 15 of the ABC TV show “The Bachelorette,” died Wednesday after an apparent overdose last week at a Boca Raton apartment.
Authorities confirmed they are conducting a criminal investigation into the 29-year-old’s death.
A Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office spokeswoman told The Palm Beach Post that “We have him” but declined further comment. The Medical Examiner’s Office said all reports in Gwozdz’s death are pending.
The investigation began shortly after 10:30 a.m. Jan. 13 when a woman called 911 and told a dispatcher that Gwozdz had locked himself in a bathroom in her home amid a possible overdose of heroin.
In the frantic five-minute call, the woman, who described herself as a friend of Gwozdz, is heard pleading for Gwozdz to wake up. During the call, she broke into the bathroom and found Gwozdz unresponsive and lying on his side.
The dispatcher instructed her to turn him onto his back.
“Is he breathing?” the dispatcher asked.
“I can’t tell. I can’t tell. I’m so scared,” she said.
Rescue crews took him to a hospital where it appears he remained until his death Wednesday.
Gwozdz appeared on the show last May, along with fellow Palm Beach County resident Tyler Cameron of Jupiter, but left after one episode for reasons that never were specified. Cameron, a former high school and college football standout, was a finalist.
Gwozdz was a psychology graduate student, according to ABC’s profile of Gwozdz, who went by “Tyler G” on the show.
During the show last year, Gwozdz started off strong, earning a one-on-one date with the female star, Hannah Brown. But at some point, rumors emerged that he likely wouldn’t last long on the show. A TV “spoiler site” called Reality Steve hinted at some alleged disturbing behavior on his part in a previous relationship that was going to get him removed.View this post on Instagram
It’s a bird?! It’s a plane?! It’s a....🌹?? Tune in to ABC at 8/7c TONIGHT to find out what @alabamahannah is pointing at! #bachelornation #rose #bachelorette #abc
As it turned out, Gwozdz was ousted, with the only mention of him during the following episode was Brown commenting that he “had to leave” while she was on a group date, and that she had been looking forward to getting to know him better.View this post on Instagram
🤙🏽finally caught up to her. what’d you guys think of last nights episode??🌹View this post on Instagram
🌹How can you be nervous once you see that smile? 👸🤩🌹...Have a safe weekend guys, see ya Monday !! #bachelornation #abc #rose #loafers #iwasprettynervousnotgonnalie
Gwozdz’s profile on ABC’s site calls him “a very laid-back guy with a go-with-the-flow kind of attitude” who prefers reading, going to Soul Cycle or relaxing on his boat to going to a club. His goal was to become a clinical psychologist.