Bachelorette cast member Eric Hill has died

Eric Hill, one of the suitors on the cast of this summer’s The Bachelorette with Andi Dorfman, has died following a weekend paragliding accident. His sister wrote on Facebook this morning:

“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. 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!”

While The Bachelorette is still being filmed, Eric is not one of the final four suitors, according to reports by Reality Steve. However, Eric did have the season’s first one-on-one date, which was photographed by paparazzi.

The Wrap reports that “ABC referred requests for comment to Warner Horizon, which produces the show. A Warner Horizon spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment.”

Eric’s attempt to visit all 195 countries in less than 3 years, 3 months, and 6 days was documented on his web site. The Facebook page for his project posted last night that “He is an every day hero. Someone who we can really look up to. He literally lives every moment to its fullest.”

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