Reuters, Published April 23 2014
Report: Upcoming 'Bachelorette' contestant dies in paragliding accidentEric Hill, a 32-year-old contestant on the upcoming season of ABC's “The Bachelorette,” died in a paragliding accident over the weekend, People reported.
Hill was attempting to travel to every country in the world as part of an expedition called “Go With Eric: The Global Odyssey.”
The mission's Facebook page said Tuesday that Hill had “been in a horrible paragliding accident and is currently in critical condition in a coma.” It added: “Things are not looking good right now … please, all across the world, even if you're not a praying person, please pray for him. He needs your prayers more than ever.”
TheWrap has reached out to his website, and has not yet received a response.
The accident did not occur during filming of the reality series. ABC referred requests for comment to Warner Horizon, which produces the show. A Warner Horizon spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment.
Without releasing Hill's name, Unified Fire Authority Battalion Chief Brian Anderton in Salt Lake City told TheWrap that firefighters helped a man after his paraglider partially collapsed, swinging him into a hillside.
“The reports from the witnesses were that he was 10 to 15 feet off the ground and experienced a partial parachute collapse. It swung him into the hillside, in their words, like a pendulum,” Anderton said. “He hit the hillside with quite a bit of force.”
The victim was taken by helicopter to a hospital, where he died.
Anderton said the area of the Salt Lake Valley where the accident occurred, about 15 miles from downtown Salt Lake City, is popular with paragliders and has several similar accidents each year.
He said confidentiality laws prevented him from disclosing the victim's name, but said he believed his friends at the scene may have disclosed it to Utah news media. Anderton said he only learned of the “Bachelorette” connection when he began receiving calls from reporters.