UPDATE: Eric Hill passed away on April 23.
Eric Hill, a 32-year-old contestant on the upcoming season of ABC’s “The Bachelor” is currently in a medically induced coma after getting into a paragliding accident in Utah on Sunday.
According to KUTV, Hill had been paragliding with friends at around 3 p.m. when his canopy collapsed 15 to 20 feet from the ground. The failed parachute lead the reality TV star to crash into the mountainside.
“He experienced a partial parachute collapse, which swung him into the mountainside with some velocity,” Unified Fire Authority Battalion Chief Brian Anderton reported. “It doesn’t seem like he fell an extremely long distance, but the velocity that he went into the hillside was enough to cause some trauma.”
A rescue team was forced to carry the unconscious man 100 to 150 feet down the mountain, where he was transported to the University of Utah by medical helicopter.
Friends of Hill told KUTV that he was very experienced with paragliding and was wearing a helmet, but that turbulence caused him to go down.
Eric Hill’s website talks about his love for extreme sports and travel. In 2013 he launched “The Global Odyssey,” a journey where he is aiming to break the world travel record by visiting every country in less than three years, three months and six days.
ABC has yet to release the names of the bachelor’s for Andi Dorfman’s season of “The Bachelorette,” but E! News has confirmed that Hill was one of Andi’s suitors for the upcoming season. According to Reality Steve, Hill was granted the first one-on-one date of the season but was ultimately eliminated down the line.
“The Bachelorette” was not filming Eric Hill at the time, and the accident had nothing to do with production. However the contestant’s critical situation may affect the series.
“This is really the first time something terrible has happened between the time of filming and airing the season so the network will have to figure out how to handle, and if it merits somehow editing show differently,” an insider on “The Bachelorette” revealed to E!