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Bachelorette Contestant Eric Hill Dies in Paragliding Accident

Bachelorette Contestant Eric Hill Dies in Paragliding Accident
Eric Hill
GO with Eric, The Global Odyssey/Facebook

updated 04/23/2014 at 03:30 PM EDT

originally published 04/23/2014 11:00AM

Eric Hill, a contestant on Andi Dorfman's upcoming season of The Bachelorette, died Wednesday after his parachute collapsed while paragliding in Utah over the weekend. He was 31.

"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 posted on Facebook.

The accident occurred on Sunday and he had been in a coma, his family said.

"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," his sister wrote. "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!"

Since February 2013, the adventurer and extreme-sports enthusiast has been on a trek dubbed "The Global Odyssey" – also known as "GO with Eric" – to travel to every country in the world in fewer than 1,200 days.

While Hill had taken time off from his record-breaking mission to film ABC's The Bachelorette earlier this year, he had apparently already been eliminated from the show when the accident occurred.

"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," read a statement from The Bachelor producers released Wednesday.

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