‘Bachelorette’ contestant dies in paragliding accident
Eric 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.
The accident did not occur during filming of the reality series.
Without releasing Hill's name, Unified Fire Authority Battalion chief Brian Anderton told TheWrap that firefighters helped Anderton 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.