How did Nick Haag die? His sudden passing detailed

Bachelor in Paradise gives contestants who couldn’t find love on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette another shot at finding their soulmate on reality television. In season 8 of Bachelor in Paradise, Michael Allio’s chances of matching with anyone seemingly evaporated when Sierra Jackson left. Fortunately, Danielle Maltby swooped in to save the day. 

Michael and Maltby bonded over the grief of losing loved ones: Allio’s wife, Laura, died in 2019; Danielle’s fiance, Nick Haag, passed away in 2011. Allio told Danielle:

“Sometimes when it [a connection] starts feeling real, the guards go up and you start to look for like, not reasons for it to fail, but not approaching it with the same open way that you would do it before tragedy kind of hit our lives.”

Nick Haag passed away due to an overdose in late March 2011

Nick Haag passed away in late March 2011, three months after proposing to Danielle Maltby. Haag’s obituary stated that he died in the emergency room of Waukesha Memorial Hospital due to an overdose. 

Danielle talked about Haag’s death during her appearance on Nick Viall’s season of The Bachelor. Maltby said she tried to perform CPR on Haag, but her efforts proved futile. 

“He overdosed on drugs and I found him,” Maltby told Viall. “I didn’t know he was an addict so it was a complete shock.” Reports claimed Danielle moved to Haag’s hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, after Haag’s death. 

On the 10th anniversary of Haag’s death, Maltby wrote on Instagram that her fiance’s death had plagued her mind for a month. She celebrated the person she’d become despite never fully recovering from Haag’s death. Danielle offered advice to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one:

“It’s ok to be happy again. It’s ok to laugh even if it makes you feel like crap at first. It’s ok to feel heavy when your song comes on the radio. It’s ok to sit and cry in the shower and it’s ok to scream in your car. It is ok to have new feelings, it’s ok to love new friends.”

“Whoever you lost wants you to be happy and they want you to be happy for you.”