A Bizarre Turn of Events for Former “Bachelorette” Contestant Josh Seiter: Instagram Account Hacked After False Death Announcement

Bachelorette Contestant Josh Seiter Proves He’s Alive After Instagram Hack

A bizarre turn of events for former reality star

Josh Seiter

A truly bizarre series of events surrounding “Bachelorette” contestant Josh Seiter, as the former reality star is actually alive, claiming his Instagram account was hacked … after a full statement was posted announcing his death.

Josh Seiter alive video

Seiter just posted a video, proving he’s alive and well … telling his followers he’d lost access to his Instagram account for 24 hours.

Deleted death announcement

It was Monday afternoon when a lengthy statement was posted to Josh’s Instagram saying, in part, “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share the tragic news of Joshua’s unexpected passing. As all who knew him can attest, Joshua was an incredibly bright light in an increasingly dim world.” That post has now been deleted.

Josh says whoever hacked his account was playing a “cruel joke” and mocking his previous struggles with mental illness. He apologizes for the pain the alleged hacker caused … and says he and his team are working to determine who posted the message.

Josh Seiter in 'The Bachelorette'

What Josh doesn’t make clear is why it took him 20 hours to address the hack, as multiple outlets across the globe published the story based on the statement.

Josh Seiter Instagram post

Seiter — who was eliminated on the first week of Kaitlyn Bristowe‘s season of “The Bachelorette” in 2015 — has been open and honest about his struggles with his mental health over the years — including bouts of depression and anxiety.

Hot take: Looks like this “Bachelorette” contestant couldn’t handle the reality of a hacked Instagram account. Talk about a plot twist!