“The Bachelorette” contestant Clint Arlis passed away earlier this week.
Clint was one of the contestants who appeared on season 11 of “The Bachelorette.” The American reality TV series has now been on for 18 seasons and features over 200 episodes. A woman trying to find true love dates various men over a period of several weeks to decide who she wants to marry.
Clint Arlis’ Sister Breaks The News: ‘It Is With Great Sadness’
In a post on Facebook, Clint’s sister, Taylor Lulek, posted a childhood photo to announce the news.
She captioned the photo, “It is with great sadness, to tell you that my family has lost my best friend and older brother Clint on the morning of January 11th.”
“Please respect our family’s privacy as we try to cope with this great loss,” she added. “Details on the service will follow. Thank You.”
She did not provide any information on her brother’s cause of death. Clint was an architectural engineer that lived in Chicago. He was only 34 years old.
Fans Take To Social Media To Express Their Condolences
We are incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of former Illini wrestler Clint Arlis.
Our thoughts are with Clint’s family and friends during this heartbreaking time. We will miss you, Clint. pic.twitter.com/IkycOGMJ9g
— Illinois Wrestling (@IlliniWrestling) January 13, 2022
Many fans commented on the post to express their condolences for the family’s loss.
“I am so sorry for your loss!” one fan wrote. “My sincere condolences to you and your family!”
“So so sorry Tay,” another fan shared. “Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your whole My heart is broken for all of you. Prayers being sent for you, Logan, and your mom and dad.”
“I’m so sorry for your loss Tay.. sending love and positivity your way,” another commented.
“I’m sorry for your loss,” wrote another. “Sending thoughts and prayers.”
“Our deepest condolences for your loss,” another fan shared. “Our love, prayers, and peace to you and your family.”
Other Contestants Express Their Condolences For The Loss Of Clint Arlis
Just heard about the passing of Clint Arlis. I got a chance to get know Clint a little after our time on Kaitlyns season and I always enjoy are time and conversations. A very kind, unique, and talented person who was taken from this world far too soon. RIP Clint❤️
— Nick Viall (@viallnicholas28) January 13, 2022
Another contestant, Nick Viall, also competed for the affections of Kaitlyn Bristowe during the show’s 11th season, which aired back in 2015.
In a statement posted to Twitter, Viall had nothing but positive things to say about Clint. He tweeted: “Just heard about the passing of Clint Arlis. I got a chance to get [to] know Clint a little after our time on [Kaitlyn’s] season and I always enjoy [our] time and conversations. A very kind, unique, and talented person who was taken from this world far too soon. RIP Clint.”
“Such sad news to hear,” one fan wrote. “sending prayers to his family and friends.”
“Heartbroken,” another shared. “Just heartbroken!! Gone too soon.”
“Thanks for sharing,” another fan wrote. “So sad.”
Clint’s Wrestling Coach Shares A Heartfelt Story On Twitter
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 (pictured left). 1/10 pic.twitter.com/8wlheLtq0P
— Batavia Wrestling – Coach Bayer (@BataviaWrestler) January 13, 2022
Clint’s old wrestling coach took to Twitter to share his condolences as well.
“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 (pictured left),” he began.
“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.”
“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. I have found him to be extraordinarily devoted to his family and deeply committed to the sport wrestling at a level few of us have ever reach in our careers.”
“While attending the University of Illinois, he spent the majority of his college years as the workout partner to 2x Big-Ten Champion, 3x All-American and current U of I Head Wrestling Coach, Michael Poeta,” he continued.
“During his senior year, Clint gritted his way into the starting lineup at 157 lbs, notched a respectable 14-7 record and placed 7th in the Big-Ten Tournament. 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 an talented artist with a sharp wit, a sardonic sense of humor and palpable authenticity. The heartfelt speech he dedicated to his dad at his retirement celebration made me proud to know both of them.”
“Clint was among the very first kids to come through what became the Batavia Pinners/The Batavia Wrestling Club when Tom, Brian Drendel and others started it back in the 90s. Many other Batavia Wrestlers have followed in his footsteps.”
“Clint is currently 2nd in Batavia Wrestling Career victories (147) and #1 in Career Takedowns (437). He earned 41 wins in his senior campaign, was a 3x Conference Champion and a 3x IHSA State Qualifier,” he added.
“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.”
“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,” he concluded. “To the Arlis Family, we loved Clint. We love you.”