‘Bachelorette’ Alum Clint Arlis Dead at 34
Clint Arlis, who appeared on Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of The Bachelorette in 2015, has died at age 34, according to his sister Taylor.
“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,” she wrote on Facebook. “Please respect our family’s privacy as we try to cope with this great loss.”
Taylor said details on the service will follow.
While Bachelorette viewers will know Clint for the slogan “villains gotta vill,” his co-stars remember him as a “very kind, unique, and talented person,” Nick Viall wrote on Twitter.
— Nick Viall (@viallnicholas28) January 13, 2022
“Just heard about the passing of Clint Arlis,” the Bachelor star said. “I got a chance to get know Clint a little after our time on Kaitlyns season and I always enjoy are time and conversations.” He added that Clint “was taken from this world far too soon.”
Batavia High School coach Scott Bayer confirmed his passing with a tribute on Twitter on Jan. 13. “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,” he said.
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
Bayer described him as the “beloved son” of fellow coach Tom Arlis and his wife, Jamie. He said the architectural engineer was a “protective” and “loving” older brother to his sister, Taylor, and the “boyhood idol and best friend of his kid brother,” Logan.
“He was [a] talented artist with a sharp wit, a sardonic sense of humor and palpable authenticity,” he wrote. “The heartfelt speech he dedicated to his dad at his retirement celebration made me proud to know both of them.”
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
Clint formed a friendship with contestant JJ Lane before being eliminated in week three of his run of The Bachelorette, which aired in 2015. Kaitlyn went on to accept Shawn Booth’s proposal but they ultimately split in 2018.
— Wishes she didnt care about this stuff (@thismomisoverit) January 14, 2022
The poor man received his COVID booster 4 days prior to his passing. This will not be reported. Such a shame.
— Dennis "Lets Go Brandon" Mattson (@DennisMattson) January 14, 2022
There has been no confirmation as to whether Arlis received a booster or any COVID shot before his untimely death.