Adventurer And "Bachelorette" Contestant Dies After Paragliding Incident
Hill's sister was the one to break the news.
Eric Hill, a Bachelorette contestant, who was severely injured in a paragliding accident on Sunday, has died. His sister, Karen Tracy made the difficult announcement via Facebook on Wednesday, April 23. The brief status read: "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. Thank you to 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."
Bachelorette contestant Eric Hill has died after being severely injured in a paragliding accident over the weekend: http://t.co/tc29iZxEke— Us Weekly (@usweekly) April 23, 2014
Hill was going to compete on the upcoming season of the Bachelorette for the heart and hand of Andi Dorfman. On Sunday, Hill was paragliding in Utah, when part of his parachute collapsed. A rescue team arrived on the scene and the man was transported to a local hospital. His critical condition necessitated a medically induced coma, which lasted until Wednesday. The accident occurred post-Bachelorette; he had apparently already been eliminated from the show. Besides his Bachelorette stint, Hill was passionate and know for traveling. Before his brief brush with television, Hill had been on a quest to visit every United Nations-recognized country in the world in just 1,200 days or just under three years. He had been documenting his journey on his website, GO With Eric: The Global Odyssey, and had made it to 50 countries just in his first year.
"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," his sister continued in the announcement. "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!"