Eric Hill had already been sent home from The Bachelorette at the time of his death on Wednesday, April 23, but initially, at least, he and Andi Dorfman hit it off. In fact, Hill was given the coveted first one-on-one date with Dorfman.
The GO With Eric adventurer, 30, and the Atlanta-based assistant district attorney, 26, were photographed hitting the beach in Ventura, Calif., on March 14. "They had a beach picnic," a witness told Us Weekly of the pair.
Hill was ultimately sent home, but he definitely made an impression on the Bachelor/Bachelorette crew. Longtime host Chris Harrison spoke about him while appearing on The View Wednesday, saying they "loved having him around."
"He's a daredevil, he loves to travel, [he's an] adventurous guy," Harrison said, shortly before news broke of Hill's death. "He was in a paragliding accident a couple days ago, and he's in critical condition, so our thoughts and prayers go out to him."
As previously reported, Hill was hospitalized on April 20, after his parachute collapsed while he was paragliding in Utah. He was in a medically induced coma until Wednesday, when his sister Karen Tracy shared via Facebook that he had passed away.
"He gave us such a gift of life fully lived and fully shared, and allowed us all to be a part of his last adventure here on earth," she wrote. "It is hard to think of life without his bright spark, but we know he is on to new adventures."
Before joining The Bachelorette, Hill had been on a quest to visit all 195 United Nations-recognized countries in record time. "I remember wanting to see every country in the world since I was in kindergarten," he is quoted as saying on his official GO With Eric website. "Of course there is sadness and injustice in the world, but I want to focus on the good…the awesomeness that exists in every country I visit."