1 of Kaitlyn Bristowe’s ‘Bachelorette’ Suitors Dead at 34

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ABC One of Kaitlyn Bristowe's suitors has died.

A “Bachelorette” suitor from Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of the show has died at the age of 34.

Clint Arlis was confirmed dead by his high school wrestling coach. “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,” read coach Scott Bayer’s tweet on January 13, 2022.

Arlis is survived by his parents, Tom Arlis and Jamie Arlis, and his younger sister Taylor Arlis and brother Logan Arlis. Tom and Logan Arlis are also wrestling coaches at Batavia.

Clint Arlis’ cause of death has not been made public.

Arlis received a rose from Bristowe on night one at the Bachelor mansion in season 11 and got to know her a little bit better during week two. According to the Chicago Tribune, he received the very first one-on-one date of the season. Bristowe called him “just a hunk of man.”

“I’m excited but also a little bit nervous because I kind of vibed with Clint the first night,” Bristowe said ahead of her date with Arlis. She ended up giving him a rose on the date, keeping him around for another week, but Bristowe didn’t feel a connection and sent him home week three.

You may also remember Arlis for her bromance with fellow suitor JJ Lane.

Here’s what you need to know:


Arlis Worked as an Architectural Engineer in Chicago Before Moving to Texas

ABCClint Arlis.

Arlis was living in Chicago as of 2015, when he dated Bristowe on national television. According to Us Weekly, he worked as an architectural engineer at the time.

“Houston transplant with nine years of experience in the Chicago building market looking for a position in Houston or Austin,” reads a bio on his LinkedIn.

“Managed preconstruction and construction stages on several multi-million dollar projects across a variety of building typologies as a project manager. Strong design and 3D modeling background with experience working in architecture and cm firms. Currently independently developing a patent-pending guitar-playing device involving pro-se patent filing, three-dimensional design and printing, mold prototyping, and testing,” the bio continues.

According to LinkedIn, Arlis most recently worked for a company called Lendlease but left the job in 2019. He was dedicated to volunteer work as well and was listed as a part of ACE Mentor Chicago.


Bristowe Reacted to the News on Her Instagram Stories

ABCClint Arlis and Kaitlyn Bristowe on “The Bachelorette.”

Bristowe took to her Instagram Stories to share her condolences shortly after the news of Arlis’ death was shared online.

“This is an Instagram Story I didn’t think I’d be doing tonight, but Clint was on my season of ‘The Bachelorette.’ I’m going to say tragically. He’s tragically passed at 34-years-old. I’m not sure what happened, how it happened. All I want to say is that from knowing him on the show, even though, you know, things didn’t end on the best terms for us, from his time on the show til today, I have heard nothing but incredible things about that person,” Kaitlyn said.

“From his peers, his students, his coaches, his teaches, his friends, his family… Clint was very well respected in his world. And it is an absolute tragedy of what’s happened, and I just don’t know much right now, and it’s none of my business. This Instagram Story is literally to just say to anyone who knows him who might follow me that I am so sorry. It’s such a huge loss, and I’m honestly just beside myself with this news. So, if there’s anything I can do, I don’t know what I could do, but anything at all, please let me know. And let’s all just say a prayer or be there for Clint’s family during this time. Gosh, I’m just so sorry,” Kaitlyn added.

Arlis’ former wrestling coach had nothing but wonderful things to say about him, as well.

“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,” the statement posted on Twitter read.

“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,” the statement continued.

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