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Faces & names: ‘Bachelorette’ contestant dies in paragliding accident

Eric Hill, a contestant on an upcoming edition of the television series “The Bachelorette,” has died from injuries suffered in a paragliding accident in Utah.

Hill, 32, of California died Wednesday morning after reportedly being in a coma since Sunday afternoon when his parachute collapsed while paragliding near Salt Lake City.

Friends of Hill said he had recently finished taping “The Bachelorette,” and was a contestant on Andi Dorfman’s upcoming season of the ABC show.

People Magazine reported that Hill, 32, was an extreme sports enthusiast and had been on a mission to travel to every country in the world in fewer than 1,200 days, which he dubbed Global Odyssey.

The producers of “The Bachelorette” released a statement regarding Hill’s death:

“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.”