'Bachelorette' Contestant Eric Hill Dies in Paragliding Accident

PHOTO: Eric Hill, seen in this undated Facebook photo, died following a paragliding accident.
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One of the competitors on Andi Dorfman's season of "The Bachelorette" has died, his sister confirmed.

Eric Hill, an adventurer who sought to visit every country in the world in less than 1,200 days, was involved in paragliding accident Sunday that left him in a coma. He died this morning.

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"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. Thank you to all of your love and support and prayers and fasting," Karen Tracey wrote on her Facebook page. "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. It is hard to think of life without his bright spark, but we know he is on to new adventures."

PHOTO: Andi Dorfman will embark on her journey to find love when she stars in the tenth edition of The Bachelorette, which will premiere May 19, 2014 on the ABC Television Network.
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PHOTO: Andi Dorfman will embark on her journey to find love when she stars in the tenth edition of "The Bachelorette," which will premiere May 19, 2014 on the ABC Television Network.

According to reports, Hill's parachute collapsed while he was paragliding in Utah with a friend.

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The California native, who called his trip around the world, "The Global Odyssey," did not seem to be filming the ABC reality series at the time of the accident.

"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," "Bachelor" producers told ABC News. "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.

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