Andi Dorfman and the remaining four contestants on the Bachelorette learned of Eric Hill’s death during episode 8, which aired on July 7.
Eric was a contestant on the Bachelorette who was eliminated early in the season. He and Andi had a tense encounter before he was eliminated from the show.
Host Chris Harrison broke the news to Andi and the men–Nick Viall, Chris Soules, Josh Murray, and Marcus Grodd (Marcus was eliminated at the end of the episode).
Eric, 31, was killed in a paragliding accident.
Tributes have been paid to Eric throughout this season in the unique situation. ABC noted on the show’s page: “This entire season is dedicated to this vibrant, passionate man who was a memorable part of the Bachelor family.”
Hill’s sister, Karen Tracy, said that seeing him on the show “makes [her] smile.”
“People ask if it’s difficult to watch him on the show, and I do get a little nervous until I see the handsome brother that I know and love,” she told Hollywood Life. “I get a little tearful, but I know Eric would want his audience to enjoy the journey with him, and seeing him makes me smile.”
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