(CNN) — Eric Hill, who was a contestant in the upcoming season of “The Bachelorette,” died this week from injuries suffered in a paragliding accident.
Hill, 31, was an adventurer with a goal of setting a world record by visiting every country on Earth in 1,200 days, but he interrupted his journey this spring to participate in the ABC reality competition.
He was gliding off a steep hill in Draper, Utah, Sunday when his parachute partially collapsed and “swung him into the hillside like a pendulum,” Salt Lake County Unified Fire spokesman Brian Anderton told CNN.
Although he was not far above the ground when he fell and he was wearing a helmet, Hill “hit with quite a bit of velocity,” causing severe injuries, Anderton said.
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Hill was flown to University of Utah Medical Center, where he later died, according to Anderton and Facebook postings by Hill’s sister Karen Tracy.