April 23, 2014 7:30 pm

‘Bachelorette’ competitor Eric Hill dies following paragliding accident

Eric Hill died April 23, 2014 following a paragliding accident.


This post has been updated.

TORONTO — Eric Hill, a suitor on the upcoming season of The Bachelorette, died Wednesday following a paragliding accident. He was 31.

“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,” Hill’s sister Karen Tracy wrote on Facebook.

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Hill was injured Sunday after his parachute collapsed while paragliding in Draper, Utah. He was airlifted to hospital.

“His trauma is quite severe,” Tracy wrote on Monday.

Hill had completed production of The Bachelorette, which premieres May 19.  It is not known how producers will handle his death.

In a statement issued late Wednesday, the producers said they are “deeply saddened” by Hill’s death.

“Eric inspired us every day with his passion, his courage and his adventurous spirit, and for that we are very thankful. On behalf of our cast, crew and producers, we send our love, our thoughts and our prayers to Eric’s family during this difficult time,” the statement read.

A native of California, Hill graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Human Biology and a minor in Business Management with a goal of attending dental school.

Hill was documenting his attempt to visit all 195 UN-recognized countries in the world in 1,200 days on a site called GO With Eric: The Global Odyssey.

“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,” wrote Tracy.

“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.”

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