Former ‘Bachelorette’ Contestant Luke Stone Shares Touching Tribute Honoring Tyler Gwozdz

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Bachelor Nation star Luke Stone shared a touching tribute in honor of  Tyler Gwozdz in the wake of his unexpected passing.

Before news broke about Gwozdz, who appeared on Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette, had passed away, Stone remembered his fellow castmate with a sweetly written message.

“I lost one of my closest friends today,” Stone began his tweet with.

“Tyler I’ll miss you every day, miss our hours long conversations about nonsense over the phone, miss how damn funny you were,” he continued.

The reality star concluded: “I had so much happiness and joy for what the future held for us as friends. I love you man, so much.”

On Thursday, it was confirmed that Tyler Gwozdz had passed away following a suspected overdose. He was 29.

Gwozdz’s body is with the Palm Beach Examiner’s Office, a spokesperson from the office confirmed to PEOPLE. An autopsy will take a minimum of 8 to 12 weeks to fully complete.

Gwozdz appeared on Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette. He was the first contestant to get a one-on-one date with her, but he then suddenly left during the show’s third episode. There was no reason given to explain his abrupt exit, with Brown addressing the issue saying to the other contestants that he “had to leave.” Meanwhile there were several allegations about his past behavior that seem to contribute to his exit.

The former Bachelorette contestant told the Refinery29 at the time, “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 also shared with the publication that the reason for his exit wasn’t aired was to respect his privacy.

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