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‘Bachelorette’ contestant Eric Hill dies following paragliding accident

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Eric Hill, a contestant on the upcoming reality show, ‘The Bachelorette,” has died after being critically injured in a paragliding accident on Sunday. US Magazine reported today that Hill’s sister, Karen Tracy has confirmed Hill’s passing on Wednesday, April 23 via Facebook.

Hill, 31, had been one of the bachelors competing for the affections of Andi Dorfman, this season’s bachelorette. He was hospitalized in critical condition following a paragliding accident in Utah. Part of his parachute collapsed during his flight. A rescue team was summoned to the scene of the accident. Hill was taken by helicopter to an area hospital. There, he was kept in a medically induced coma. He was surrounded by loved ones at the time of his passing.

In her post, his sister stated that his immediate family had been present at the time of his passing and had been able to share his final journey with him. She thanked everyone who prayed and fasted and for the love and support shown to Eric and his family since the accident. She was touched by the numbers of friends and family who visited the hospital on Eric’s behalf.

Tracy said that Eric lived his life fully and that it will be difficult to imagine life without his “bright spark” but says the family knows he has moved 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!"

According to Yahoo! Celebrity, the accident had occurred after Hill had completed filming “The Bachelorette.” He had apparently been eliminated from the show and had moved on. Prior to taking part in the show, Hill had been on a personal mission to visit every United Nations-recognized country in 1,200 days. His website, GO With Eric: The Global Odyssey, was chronicling his travels. He had documents visits to more than 50 countries in his first year of travels.

The accident occurred post-Bachelorette; he had apparently already been eliminated from the show.

Prior to joining The Bachelorette, Hill had been on a quest to visit every United Nations-recognized country in the world in just 1,200 days. He had been documenting his journey on his website, GO With Eric: The Global Odyssey, and had visited more than 50 countries in his first year of traveling.