Eric Hill, a contestant on the upcoming season of "The Bachelorette", has just passed away. He was in a coma after being seriously injured in a paragliding accident on Sunday, April 20. His parachute collapsed, sending him careening into a hillside.
"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," his sister Karen Tracy wrote on Facebook. "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."
"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!"
The paragliding accident happened in Utah. "Due to the slope of the hill, we had a difficult time getting the patient down, so we called in a technical rescue team and some technical medical specialists," United Fire Authority Battalion Chief Brian Anderton told Us Weekly. Hill was transported by helicopter to a local hospital in critical condition.
"Things are not looking good right now," a message on his "Go with Eric, The Global Odyssey" Facebook read hours before news of his passing broke out. "Please, all across the world, even if you're not a praying person, please pray for him. He needs your prayers more than ever."
Hill was an extreme-sports enthusiast who travelled the world in a trek dubbed "The Global Odyssey". He participated on the tenth season of "The Bachelorette" to vie for "The Bachelor" alum Andi Dorfman's love. The accident did not happen on the show, and he had been eliminated when the accident occurred. The dating show will premiere May 19.