With the premiere of The Bachelorette just days away, Andi Dorfman spoke to PEOPLE about the tragic death of contestant Eric Hill, who was killed in a paragliding accident April 23, after he had left the show.
"When I heard the news, I was devastated," says Dorfman, who also reached out privately to Hill's family. "Shock, devastation, grief. It's something you never could have predicted [or] expected."
Hill, who will not be edited out of episodes, "was part of our family," Dorfman says. "And I had just seen him. He was a member of our cast and we had an inherent bond. The [other contestants] shared that bond too. It was shocking and devastating to all of us and it's still a tough thing that we're going through."
Even though she had agreed to tie the knot three times before, Emily Maynard tells PEOPLE her fourth engagement to automotive management consultant Tyler Johnson "is my last. I really mean it. I'm actually making it to the marriage part this time!"
Once unsure about what her future would hold, the former Bachelorette star says that sharing her life with Johnson "is everything I've been praying for for years."
The two recently bought a home in Charlotte, North Carolina, and have begun furniture shopping in anticipation of moving in over the summer.
After the death of The Bachelorette contestant Eric Hill, producers are left mourning the loss a friend and struggling to figure out how to handle an unprecedented tragedy.
"It's a horrible, horrible thing. He was taken away too young," host Chris Harrison tells PEOPLE. "It's something we've never dealt with on the show. It didn't only affect our cast, but also our crew who worked closely with him."
Hill, 31, had already shot his scenes for the upcoming Andi Dorfman season when he died of injuries sustained when his parachute collapsed while paragliding in Utah last month.
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!"
This week on PEOPLE.com was all about love and romance – promises made, promises broken and the promise of a second chance.
That's one way to get the last laugh!
New Bachelorette Andi Dorfman delivers one final blow to former flame Juan Pablo Galavis in the first poster to promote her season of the ABC show.
"She's looking for the right Juan," the promo for the hit reality series reads, but "Juan" is crossed out in red and replaced with the word "one."
Tough-talking Andi Dorfman is sure to take a no-nonsense approach to finding love as the new Bachelorette – and PEOPLE has the exclusive first look at her official photo.
"I am incredibly excited to be the Bachelorette. Never did I think this would happen to me!" Dorfman, 26, tells PEOPLE.
"I am looking forward to traveling the world and going on amazing dates with amazing men. And hopefully, one of them ends up being the love of my life."
As Bachelor fans wait to see whether Juan Pablo Galavis chooses Nikki or Clare on Monday's Final Rose episode, at least one contestant has already moved on after being dumped by the Venezuelan hottie.
Single mom Renee Oteri, 32, who Galavis said goodbye to after their hometown date, is engaged to Bracy Maynard, a guy she's known since she was 12. But she's not the only former contestant to find love off-camera.
While newly engaged former Bachelorette Emily Maynard is hoping that the fourth time is the charm, and two-time contestant Kacie Boguskie is engaged, these former contestants have also found their happily ever after.
Wedding bells will soon ring for Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried!
The happy couple celebrated their upcoming nuptials with dinner and dancing Saturday night at DeLille Cellars in Woodinville, Wash.
"It was so much fun," the former Bachelorette, 27, tells PEOPLE. "It's really nice to sit back and be with friends and family and think about why you're getting married and celebrate that love. Chris and I both couldn't stop smiling."
At the party, produced by Jocelyn Cates for Capstory.me, guests like Jason and Molly Mesnick dined on crab pot pie and wild mushroom and kale bread pudding and sipped on wine and local beers.