‘The Bachelorette’ 2014 Update: Eric Hill Dead; Andi Dorfman Contestant Dies After Paragliding Accident

  @AmandaTVScoop on April 23 2014 1:21 PM

eric hill Eric Hill, 32, passed away on April 23 after a paragliding accident in Utah.  Facebook/ Go With Eric

Eric Hill, a contestant on Andi Dorfman’s coming season of “The Bachelorette,” died Wednesday. The 32-year-old had been in a medically induced coma after a paragliding accident in Utah on Sunday.

As we previously reported, Hill suffered a 15- to 20-foot drop when his canopy collapsed around 3 p.m. at Point of the Mountain in Draper. The fall knocked the ABC reality star unconscious at 100 to 150 feet up the mountain. A rescue team was forced to carry Hill down the mountain, where he was transported to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City by a medical helicopter.

“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,” Hill’s sister, Karen Tracey, confirmed on her Facebook page on Wednesday. “Thank you for 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. He gave us such a gift of a life fully lived and fully shared, and allowed us all to be a part of his last adventure here on earth. 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!”

Eric Hill was a world traveler and extreme-sport enthusiast. In February 2013  he launched “The Global Odyssey,” a website that documented his journey to break the world travel record of visiting every country in less than three years, three months and six days.

In late March the Global Odyssey Facebook page announced that he was taking some time off to go on “a different kind of adventure” for a month – that adventure being ABC’s “The Bachelorette.”

According to Reality Steve, Hill won the first one-on-one date with Dorfman, but was eliminated down the line as filming progressed. The reality TV blogger is reporting that Dorfman is currently in the middle of filming her hometown date in Atlanta.

Click HERE to read a statement from "The Bachelor" franchise producers and host Chris Harrison.

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