Wednesday, July 30, 2014

'Bachelorette' contestant, BYU graduate dies in paragliding accident

By Emily Eyring, Deseret News

Published: Wed, April 23 6:50 p.m. MDT

 Eric Hill, a 32-year-old Salt Lake City resident, died Wednesday, April 23. He was a contestant on the upcoming season of \

Eric Hill, a 32-year-old Salt Lake City resident, died Wednesday, April 23. He was a contestant on the upcoming season of "The Bachelorette."

(Go with Eric, The Global Odyssey Facebook page)

Eric Hill, a 32-year-old BYU graduate and Salt Lake City resident, died Wednesday as a result of injuries sustained in a paragliding accident on Easter Sunday, according to WetPaint.com.

Hill was paragliding with friends near the Point of the Mountain in Draper when his parachute collapsed, according to KSL.com. A medical helicopter transported Hill to the University of Utah hospital in critical condition.

Hill's sister, Karen Tracy, broke the news of his death on Facebook Wednesday morning, and WetPaint.com, a fansite for news related to "The Bachelor," shared the update with its followers who were looking forward to seeing Hill participate in the upcoming season of "The Bachelorette," which is set to air May 19.

Hill was one of several men vying for bachelorette Andi Dorfman's heart. He had the first one-on-one date, according to WetPaint.com, but left the show before the hometown dates, in which the final four contestants participate. He was not filming for the show at the time of accident.

"The Bachelor" producers issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon, according to HollywoodReporter.com:

“We are deeply saddened to hear about the tragic passing of our friend, Eric Hill. 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,” the statement read.

The show's host, Chris Harrison, shared his condolences on Twitter and others joined in.

Hill had a goal to visit all 194 United Nations-recognized countries. Learn more about his project on his Facebook page, GO with Eric, The Global Odyssey.

Hill's friends created a YouCaring.com account to honor him and raise money for his family.

Emily Eyring is the Faith and Family Web producer for DeseretNews.com.

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1. Hey It's Me
Salt Lake City, UT,
April 24, 2014

Hockeymom - It sounds like your only concern is about the show and "spoiler" as you put it. I don't believe you acknowledged the loss this family is going through. How sad that a T.V. show is more important than a man's life. He sounds like he lived his life to it's fullest. His next adventure will be as great if not greater than anything he did here on earth. To his family. . . stay strong, honor him, and always remember him and what he did for so many people in his short 32 years here on earth. Prayers to you and all his friends.

2. Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA,
April 24, 2014

A young person is dead and hockeymom is worried about a worthless, rigged TV show. Unbelievable.

3. A Scientist
Provo, UT,
April 24, 2014

As one who, like Eric, actively participates in outdoor activities that involve some risk, I was as impressed by Eric Hill's energy and excitement for life as I am sorry for his unfortunate death. I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. I know it sounds trite, but those of us who enjoy the excitement of high energy activities really do hope to die "doing what we love", and that is what Eric did. As I was also outdoors on Easter Sunday risking life and limb in Nature's wondrous beauty, I commented to my wife that I would rather die out there than sitting in a Church pew. And so it is. RIP Eric Hill, for death is the ultimate bringer of peace and profound quiescence.

4. Gunner
South Jordan, UT,
April 24, 2014

I'd rather be sure I was around for my wife and think about her, then selfishly think about myself and my own joys.

5. 2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT,
April 24, 2014

@Scientist,
Re: "I would rather die out there than sitting in a Church pew"...

Chances of you dieing in a church pew... aren't that great.

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Re: "those of us who enjoy the excitement of high energy activities really do hope to die "doing what we love"...

What if you love worshiping in a church pew? Do you need to die doing it??

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I don't think trivializing worshiping on Sundays was needed. Kinda took the topic a direction it didn't NEED to go...