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Contestant of ABC TV's 'The Bachelorette' dies in Utah accident

(Reuters) - A contestant on the upcoming season of ABC's reality TV show "The Bachelorette" has died, the program's producers said on Wednesday.

Eric Hill had been in a coma after suffering injuries in a paragliding accident in Utah on Sunday, according to People magazine, citing Hill's family.

"We are deeply saddened to hear about the tragic passing of our friend, Eric Hill," Warner Bros. Television, which produces the show for Walt Disney's ABC network, said in a statement.

"Eric inspired us every day with his passion, his courage and his adventurous spirit, and for that we are very thankful," the statement added.

Hill was injured after his parachute collapsed, People said. The magazine said he was 31.

In February 2013, Hill had begun an attempt to travel to every country in the world in fewer than 1,200 days. According to Hill's website, he had visited more than 25 countries.

Hill grew up in Citrus Heights, California, near Sacramento and graduated from Utah's Brigham Young University with a degree in human biology, his website said.

The upcoming season of "The Bachelorette," in which a woman chooses a possible husband from a group of 25 men, is set to air next month.

Eric Hill Dead: 'Bachelorette' Contestant Dies After Paragliding Accident

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Pamela April 25 2014 at 2:18 AM

From the looks of this incredibly handsome man, he had it all including an adverturous spirit.. Eric had been to 25 countries in the last year alone. And seems to have accomplished much in only 31 years.. Most of you making snide remarks most likely have never been off of your sofa. Eat your hearts out losers!

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vasp99 Pamela April 25 2014 at 3:13 AM

Traveled to 25 countries in the last year? Did he not work? He must had been independently wealthy. RIP.

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Ania Pamela April 25 2014 at 3:53 AM

you are sooo correct Pamela. I think that so many people just don't have souls to say and act so cruelly

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HELLO RACHEL!! April 25 2014 at 4:38 AM

Deepest Sympathy to the family of Eric Hill.


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bluetank.thang April 25 2014 at 4:39 AM

Everyone will eventually die. He had to pass so soon. But he lived with his real dream. His life is admirable.

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goinstrong110549 bluetank.thang April 25 2014 at 9:56 AM

"But he lived with his real dream. His life is admirable."

I pity all who embrace this line of thought. The are enablers. If there was REAL love involved, the enabler would stop enabling - and confront on behalf of responsible life decisions!

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revjaynebell April 25 2014 at 1:24 AM

It is sad a young man had to pass so soon. Rev. Jayne

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cappybaby April 25 2014 at 2:30 AM

ITS hard to lose a child.I lost a daughter and a son.So I know how they feel.
As I said before RIP

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Ania cappybaby April 25 2014 at 3:49 AM

I am very sorry for your loss. I lost both my parents. I know its different than loosing your children but it still hurts.

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cappybaby April 25 2014 at 2:25 AM

I think that Jay is a total Jerk;Some of the things people say are hard to belive.RIP Eric.and so sorry for the famlly

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pscottparker10231955 April 25 2014 at 2:57 AM

His death underscores how dangerous paragliding can be. It certainly can be exhilarating and exciting, but it is always a roll of the dice. Sorry that he died. Too young to go. Hope his family heals and knows that he was at least pursuing his passion.

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NADINE MASSEY April 24 2014 at 8:33 PM

Wow... how very incredibly sad that this wonderful young man suffered from an accident that didn't need to happen. God bless him, and his family.

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Georgina April 24 2014 at 7:55 PM

That's a shame. Seems like he was enjoying his life. I'm sure it's a great loss to his friends and family.

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msreed59 April 24 2014 at 7:14 PM

My condolences to his family and friends! Why don't we all just stop talking about this tragedy and let Eric RIP> All the negative comments probably hurt his family even more and has anyone considered how painful it will be when the upcoming show is aired?

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