As of this exact moment, I have no idea who this guy is except his name, Eric Hill, and the tragic details of his death, but in a few months, we’re gonna get to know him starting May 19th as one of the competitors vying for Andi Dorfman‘s heart every Monday at 8:00pm. It’s just such a weird thing…to get to know someone after they’re already gone, y’know? I can’t really wrap my head around it.
As I said, the man’s name was Eric Hill, and he died as a result of a paragliding accident this past weekend, that was not a part of the show. It seems that Eric had completed filming by that point, presumably because he had been eliminated, so his death won’t affect the trajectory of the show, although it will likely be addressed in the premiere. The statement by Bachelorette producers reads:
“Eric inspired us every day with his passion, his courage and his adventurous spirit, and for that we are very thankful. 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.”
Apparently Eric was an avid fan of extreme sports, and even with his training and preparedness, the freak accident could not have been prevented:
“Although he was wearing all of the appropriate safety gear at the time of the accident, and is well-trained in paragliding, his parachute partially collapsed, sending him into the mountainside.”
He had been in a coma in critical condition after the accident, but today his sister posted an unpdate indicating that he had tragically died:
“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. 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.”
Really sad stuff.