So, so sad. On April 23, Eric Hill, a contestant on Andi Dorfman’s upcoming ‘Bachelorette’ season, passed away after a tragic paragliding accident, his sister announced on her Facebook page.
Eric Anthony Hill, 32, was paragliding at Point of the Mountain flight park outside of Draper, Utah on April 20, when he caught turbulence and the parachute collapsed, causing him to swing into the mountainside. Eric, an extreme-sports enthusiast, was in a coma after the accident until his sister announced that he passed away.
Eric Hill: ‘Bachelorette’ Contestant Dead After Paragliding Accident
Eric’s sister Karen Tracy announced the sad news on her Facebook page on April 23:
Eric shared his final journey with us this morning as all his immediate family were able to be at his side when he passed away. Thank you to all of your love and support and prayers and fasting. It was amazing to be with so many of his friends and family yesterday in the hospital who came to express their love for Eric. He gave us such a gift of a life fully lived and fully shared, and allowed us all to be a part of his last adventure here on earth. It is hard to think of life without his bright spark, but we know he is on to new adventures. We look forward to carrying on his legacy here and greeting him joyfully again someday. I love you so much, little brother!
“He experienced a partial parachute collapse, which swung him into the mountainside with some velocity,” Brian Anderton, Battalion Chief of the Unified Fire Authority told local CBS affiliate KUTV. “It doesn’t seem like he fell an extremely long distance, but the velocity that he went into the hillside was enough to cause some trauma.”
The accident is so tragic — Eric was an outdoorsman and an adventurer who had been on a mission to travel every country on the globe in under 1,200 days. He called it “The Global Odyssey,” or “GO with Eric.” He had taken time away from the mission to film The Bachelorette, but had been eliminated prior to the accident.
“This is really the first time something terrible has happened between time of filming and airing the season so the network will have to figure out how to handle, and if it merits somehow editing show differently,” an insider who works for The Bachelorette told E! News. HollywoodLife.com has reached out to ABC for comment.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Eric’s family and friends during this time.
— Emily Longeretta