ABC’s “The Bachelorette” has finally announced how it plans to deal with the sudden death of Eric Hill, who would have been a contestant. In a press release for Andi Dorfman’s season, the series revealed that it plans to dedicate the 10th season to the 32-year-old who passed away in late April.
While series creator and host Chris Harrison were initially unsure how they were going to handle Hill’s passing, the reality show has announced plans to honor the contestant. Besides dedicating the season to Hill, Chris Harrison will also “reveal how Eric shared his passionate and courageous spirit in becoming part of the Bachelor family.”
As previously reported, Eric Hill was involved in a paragliding accident in Utah that left him in a medically induced coma. The extreme sport and travel enthusiast suffered from a partial parachute collapse while out with friends. The malfunction resulted in a 15 to 20 foot fall. Hill passed away a couple days later on April 23 due to his injuries.
“The Bachelorette” producers released a brief statement following Hill's death, offering their condolences to his family and remembering the contestant for his adventurous and passionate lifestyle.
According to Reality Steve, Hill was the first contestant to get the coveted one-on-one date with Andi Dorfman. Eye witnesses revealed that for their first date, the pair shared a beach picnic in Ventura, California. The outing was filmed on March 14, and Hill was sent home by Dorfman at some point before his April 23 passing.
At the time of his death, Hill was attempting to break the world travel record by visiting all 195 U.N.-recognized countries in less than three years, three months and six days. He launched the website “Go With Eric” in February 2013 to document his travels and was working on a documentary called “The Global Odyssey.”
The press release for “The Bachelorette” premiere seems to allude to Hill’s limo entrance during the premiere. Described as a “world traveler,” the synopsis for episode 1 reveals that the bachelor will gift Andi with “a pair of dolls that a little girl in the Andes Mountains gave him for his future girlfriend.”
The 2014 season of “The Bachelorette” will premiere on May 19 at 9:30 p.m. EDT. The reality show will then return to its regular time slot on May 26 at 8 p.m. EDT.