The Bachelorette’s Clint Arlis dies aged 34: Tributes pour in to ‘beloved son’ and ‘loving brother’ who vied for Kaitlyn Bristowe’s heart on season 11 of the hit ABC franchise
- The former Bachelorette star’s death was reported by his sister Taylor, and by family friend Scott Bayer, who was Arlis’ high school wrestling coach
- Taylor spoke of her grief over the loss of her brother on Facebook, writing that Arlis passed away on January 11; she did not reveal the cause of his death
- She asked for ‘privacy’ for her family as they ‘try to cope with this great loss’, adding that details of his service will be shared soon
- Bayer shared the news of his death on Twitter, paying tribute to Arlis’ ‘generosity’ and ‘talent’, describing him as being ‘extraordinarily devoted to his family’
The Bachelorette‘s Clint Arlis has died at the age of 34.
The passing of Arlis, who was seen on season 11 of the ABC franchise featuring Kaitlyn Bristowe in 2015, was reported on Twitter by family friend Scott Bayer, who had known Arlis from the wrestling team at Batavia High School in Batavia, Illinois.
‘His legacies as a fierce competitor, tireless worker, a caring influence to younger Batavia wrestlers, a devoted friend and a loving son and brother will resonate far beyond his days in our presence,’ Bayer said in a series of tweets.
The latest: The Bachelorette’s Clint Arlis has died at the age of 34. The passing of Arlis, who was seen on season 11 of the ABC franchise featuring Kaitlyn Bristowe in 2015, was reported on Twitter by family friend Scott Bayer
He continued: ‘On behalf of all of us in the Batavia Wrestling Family, we send our deepest and most sincere condolences to the Arlis Family during this period unimaginable heartbreak and grief.’
The coach added: ‘I have come to know Clint over the years since I joined Tom’s coaching staff and the Batavia Wrestling Family in the late fall of 2005, after his graduation.’
Bayer said he had known Arlis more than 16 years and ‘found him to be extraordinarily devoted to his family and deeply committed to the sport [of] wrestling at a level few of us ever reach in our careers.’
It was not immediately clear what his cause of death was.
Arlis was seen on the ABC reality romance opposite Kaitlyn Bristowe in 2015
Arlis had worked as an an architectural engineer in Chicago
Arlis’s death was reported on Twitter by family friend Scott Bayer, who had known Arlis on the wrestling team at Batavia High School in Batavia, Illinois
Bayer made the sad announcement in saying, ‘It is with a heavy heart and a sense of profound loss that we announce the death of one of the Batavia Wrestling Program’s All-Time greats, 2005 graduate, Clint Arlis.
‘Clint was the beloved son of Coach Tom Arlis and his wife, Jamie, protective, loving older brother of his sister, Taylor, and the boyhood idol and best friend of his kid brother, Coach Logan Arlis.’
He added: ‘While pursuing his career in architecture, he’s always made a priority of coming back to our (his) wrestling room and generously giving back to our kids. He was a talented artist with a sharp wit, a sardonic sense of humor and palpable authenticity.’
Arlis was seen speaking with with Britt Nilsson as Bristowe looked on
Arlis was eliminated from The Bachelorette in the third week of the show
Bachelor Nation’s Nick Viall said he always enjoyed his time and conversations with Arlis
The University of Illinois paid tribute to the late student-athlete
According to a May 2015 report in the Chicago Tribune, Arlis had made a living working as an architectural engineer for Lend Lease, a construction and development company that had put up a number of prominent Chicago structures.
Following his time at Batavia High School, he attended the University of Illinois, where he received both his master’s and undergraduate degrees, as well as competing as an amateur wrester.
During his time on The Bachelorette, Arlis and fellow contestant JJ Lane were portrayed as villains, which he subsequently said was ‘tongue [in] cheek’ in a Men Tell All segment; Arlis was eliminated from the show in the third week.
Bristowe eventually selected Shawn Booth, but the couple split up in 2018. She announced her engagement to Jason Tartick last May.
Bachelor Nation’s Nick Viall said he always enjoyed his time and conversations with Arlis.
Viall described Arlis as ‘a very kind, unique, and talented person who was taken from this world far too soon.’