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How will ABC address the death of 'Bachelorette’ contestant Eric Hill?

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There’s some very sad news for fan of ABC’s “The Bachelorette.” As filming wraps for the new season of the reality romance series, one of the show’s contestants has died. On Wednesday, Us Weekly reported that Eric Hill died in Utah following a paragliding accident on Easter Sunday.

Hill’s sister Karen Tracy shared the sad news about her brother’s death with a poignant post on her Facebook page: "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," she wrote. "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."

Tracy added: " 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!"

Hill was one of Andi Dorfman's suitors on the upcoming edition of the long running reality series, and he apparently made it pretty far on the show. While he had already been eliminated from the show prior to his accident, “Bachelor” blogger Reality Steve revealed that the extreme sports enthusiast had been the recipient of the coveted first one-on-one date with Dorfman, and he made it far enough on the show that he was part of the travel episodes that were shot in other parts of the country.

Reality Steve also revealed that Hill did not leave the show via a standard rose ceremony, opening up questions on how ABC will edit his exit. On his blog at Realitysteve.com, the spoiler king wrote, “Eric did not get eliminated at a rose ceremony … Very curious to see what they do with his exit. If it was a regular rose ceremony and he didn’t get a rose, then it’d be easy to hide. You’d basically just see him not getting a rose and they probably wouldn’t have shown his exit interview. However, it happens before a rose ceremony takes place and it’s not under normal circumstances, so, do they just cut that part out and never address it, or do they show you what happened? I don’t know. I guess we’ll see come June when that episode airs.”

“Bachelor” host Chris Harrison co-hosted on ABC’s “The View” on Wednesday morning, but it was clear that his segments had been taped ahead of time. The longtime host asked for prayers for Hill, who had been in a medically induced coma since his accident. There has been no statement from Dorfman, who is currently filming her final episodes of the reality series.

Prior to his death, Hill had been on a quest to visit every United Nations-recognized country in the world. He documented his journey on his website, GO With Eric: The Global Odyssey,

The new season of “The Bachelorette” premieres on May 19, 2014 on ABC.

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