On the most recent season of The Bachelorette, Tyler Cameron didn’t walk away with Hannah Brown’s final rose — but he did gain a whole bunch of fans along the way. As you’ll likely recall, the reality star went on to have a brief, whirlwind romance with one of the biggest supermodels of the moment: Gigi Hadid. Throughout it all, fame has never gone to his head. He’s maintained a candid, yet charming social media presence that keeps his followers coming back for more.
The typically upbeat Cameron has been going through a major personal hardship lately, though. Following recent reports that his mother was in the hospital, Cameron confirmed the devastating rumor that had already started to swirl: His mom Andrea passed away after a health scare last week. As Us Weekly reported, Cameron canceled a Good Morning America appearance scheduled for Feb. 28 and tweeted that it was due to a “family emergency.” He also wrote at the time, “Please pray for my mom and my family.” Days later, the 27-year-old took to Instagram to honor the most important woman in his life and publicly say goodbye.
Tyler C. posted a moving tribute to his late mother
On Monday, March 2, Tyler Cameron confirmed the news of his mom Andrea’s death with a heartbreaking IG post. He shared a photo of what appeared to be family members holding his mother’s hand in the hospital. “Today heaven gained an angel. We will love and miss our mother dearly. She will live on through us and through those that she has had an impact on,” Cameron wrote. “While we grieve, we ask for two things: First, tell those you love that you love them; and second, please let us take this time to celebrate her life in private. Thank you for all of your love and support.”
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Today heaven gained an angel. We will love and miss our mother dearly. She will live on through us and through those that she has had an impact on. While we grieve, we ask for two things: First, tell those you love that you love them; and second, please let us take this time to celebrate her life in private. Thank you for all of your love and support. ❤️
A post shared by Tyler Cameron (@tylerjcameron3) on Mar 2, 2020 at 5:26pm PST
Fellow Bachelor alums — and of course, plenty of fans — flooded the comments section with support. Bachelor in Paradise‘s Hannah Godwin wrote, “Sending all the love yalls way,” while her fiancé Dylan Barbour (who appeared alongside Cameron on The Bachelorette) said, “Love you brother.” Similarly, contestant Mike Johnson wrote, “Love you and your family brother.” BiP star Katie Morton added, “I can’t tell you how sorry I am. Sending you guys all of the love and prayers in the world.” While it’s undeniably a tough time, it’s nice to see that Cameron’s TV family has his back.
Andrea Cameron was a big supporter of 'Bachelor' Nation
Bachelorette fans will remember Andrea from Tyler Cameron and Hannah Brown’s hometown date, where she was the ever-supportive mother figure. She had an on-screen heart-to-heart with her son about whether he was really ready to propose at the end of the show and genuinely seemed to want the best for him.
As that episode and subsequent social media posts proved, Cameron and his mom Andrea shared a close bond. In October 2019, he posted a photo with her and wrote, “Dear Mama, I appreciate you. I love you. I need you. See you soon.” That November, Cameron brought Andrea to the People’s Choice Awards as his date and she shared on Insta, “I love you Tyler! You are America’s sweetheart!! Thank you for that wonderful experience!!” She really seemed to embrace the sudden fame that accompanied his time on reality TV.
A post shared by Tyler Cameron (@tylerjcameron3) on Oct 29, 2019 at 12:33pm PDT
Even though Brown and Cameron didn’t end up together, Andrea didn’t hold it against her son’s ex. She rooted for Brown while she appeared on (and later won) Dancing With the Stars, writing, “Wooo Hooo SHE KILLED IT!! She is on ? ?????.” Oh, and she was a Mike Johnson fan, too. Cameron jokingly tweeted in September 2019, “I think my mom was drunk commenting on @MikeJohnson1_ thirst trap of an IG post today… can’t fault her though… because so was I,” to which Johnson replied, “Momma @AndreaCamcrew ily!”
This isn't the first health crisis the Cameron family has gone through
As Us Weekly pointed out, this isn’t the first time Tyler Cameron has experienced a health-related family emergency. During his Bachelorette season, Cameron recalled how scary it was when his father got sick and had a near-death experience, which resulted in him spending time in a coma. Cameron said in his on-camera confessional that the experience “put a lot of things in perspective” for him. He even said to his Pops, “You getting sick, that was one of the hardest things I ever had to go through in my life. Signing away your rights to go into surgery killed me. I want you to see my wife. I want you to see my kids.”
Cameron told Hannah Brown during their hometown date, “Family is the most important thing to me.” He also has two brothers, Ryan and Austin. Andrea posted about her sons in a January 2020 Instagram, writing, “Love my young men and the character, discipline and grace they put out into the world. They have been my world… and will continue to be my world.”
It’s clear Cameron considered his mom to be his world as well, making the news all the more tragic. We’re joining Bachelor Nation in sending him and his family so much love right now.
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