Bachelorette’s Eric Hill has died following paragliding accident

Eric Hill RIP Story

Bachelorette‘s Eric Hill succumbed to injuries suffered in a weekend paragliding accident, we are saddened to report.

Eric’s sister shared the news on Facebook this morning, writing, “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.”

Eric, who already completed filming for Andi Dorfman’s upcoming season of The Bachelorette, was injured on Sunday when paragliding with friends in Utah. According to local reports, his parachute partially collapsed because of wind conditions. Witnesses said Eric struck the side of a cliff and fell 15-20 feet. He was taken by medical helicopter to a hospital and was placed in a medically induced coma. He passed on Wednesday morning.

Before participating in The Bachelorette, Eric was on a mission to visit all of the United Nations-recognized countries. On his journeys, which were documented on his website, he made an effort to connect with many people.

“Of course there is sadness and injustice in the world, but I want to focus on the good… The awesomeness that exists in every country I visit,” Eric said on his blog of his mission. He regularly connected with and promoted charities in the countries he visited.

Eric Hill RIP

What is unique about this tragedy is that many people who will get to know Eric haven’t even heard of him yet because the official cast list for The Bachelorette hasn’t been released… It’s only through anonymous insider confirmation and paparazzi pictures of his one-on-one date with Andi Dorfman that we know he was a contestant.

Not only does this present a logistical issue for producers, but it also creates the sad situation for viewers that we will come to know and like Eric with the knowledge that he’s since died.

For now, knowing what we do about Eric’s incredible humanitarian work, we just want to extend our condolences to his family and all those grieving around the world.

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  • Erica

    Sad:( Prayers to his family and friends!

  • storm

    I don’t even know who this is but that is really sad 🙁

  • anjealka

    Very sad to hear someone that had such wonderful goals passed away to early. I just hope ABC treats this respectfully. I don’t want previews like the most tragic bachelorette ever.

  • Ap

    I’m hoping that ABC airs him in a good light as it will be nice for his family to be able to see one of the last few months of his life play out and keep if they so choose.
    I also hope that Andi, when letting him go, did so respectfully as I am sure many viewers will be upset if it was anything but.
    Has she already chosen a man? I am unsure of the timing of the whole thing, has her entire season already been filmed? How do they know he was not the one chosen?
    It’s a shame because he seemed like a wonderful person committed to making the world a better place.

    • Renee L

      I think she’s doing hometowns this week, so there are 4 left. He was her first date. He wasn’t chosen, was eliminated and flown home already.