'Bachelorette' contestant dies in paragliding accident

'Bachelorette' contestant dies in paragliding accident

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC News) -- A man who was set to appear in an upcoming season of ABC's "The Bachelorette" died Wednesday after a Sunday paragliding crash near Draper.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC News) -- A man who was set to appear in an upcoming season of ABC's "The Bachelorette" died Wednesday after a Sunday paragliding crash near Draper.

Eric Hill, an adventurer who sought to visit every country in the world in less than 1,200 days, was involved in paragliding accident Sunday that left him in a coma.

"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," Karen Tracey wrote on her Facebook page. "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."

Hill's parachute collapsed while he was paragliding in Utah with a friend.

The California native, who called his trip around the world, "The Global Odyssey," did not seem to be filming the ABC reality series at the time of the accident.

"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," Tracy added in her post. "We look forward to carrying on his legacy here and greeting him joyfully again someday. I love you so much, little brother!"

The family & friends of Eric Hill set-up a fund for the family for the unexpected funeral and burial costs at Youcaring.com.
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