Eric Hill, a contestant on the upcoming season of ‘The Bachelorette’ died Wednesday in a paragliding accident in Draper, Utah. He was gliding off a steep cliff in Draper, Utah, on Sunday when his parachute partially collapsed and “swung him into the hillside like a pendulum. A rescue team was called to the scene, and he was transported by helicopter to a local hospital, where he remained in a medically induced coma until Wednesday. The accident occurred post-Bachelorette; he had apparently already been eliminated from the show.
Although he was not far above the ground when he fell and he was wearing a helmet, Hill hit with a substantial amount of speed causing severe injuries. “Bachelorette” producers sent a statement to CNN saying they are “deeply saddened to hear about the tragic passing of our friend, Eric Hill.”
With the upcoming 10th season rapidly approaching, airing May 19, producers are weary of the episodes including the Late Mr. Hill. The executives commented saying “Eric inspired us every day with his passion, his courage and his adventurous spirit, and for that we are very thankful,” the show’s statement said. “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.” To his family he was known as a risk taker but he was no careless. His dream was to travel to every county in 1,200 days but it was interrupted by him filming the show. Unfortunately his dream will never come into fruition.