Eric Hill Recalls Near-Death Experience on The Bachelorette, Wins Rose From Andi

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Last night, The Bachelorette viewers got to know Eric Hill, and the passions that drove the late contestant, during his one-on-one date with Andi Dorfman.

Hill, who died following a paragliding accident after his time on the show, had the first solo date of Season 10, and told her of his global adventures.

Adventures that found him in precarious situations more than once before.

Eric Hill and Andi Dorfman

Eric Hill, who was 31, chronicled his world travels on his site The Global Odyssey, and on The Bachelorette, discussed a particular trip to Syria.

"Syria ended up being the scariest moment of my life ... my mouth always gets dry when I tell this story. Syria is by far the craziest war zone that we've ever been in."

"Because they actually target journalists and I was going in there as a journalist. We had to get across basically illegally. So, I crossed with a rebel fighter."

"We had a contact. It was a rebel fighter. He was what they call a fixer. Six days before we crossed the border, the city that we were in got shelled."

"And unfortunately it destroyed an entire neighborhood… The most powerful picture I've ever taken in my entire life came from that same day too."

Hill went on to say that when he and his group stopped for food two militants, who were equipped with grenades and assault rifles, found them.

Even so, "I was used to all that," he says. "As crazy as it sounds I had seen that all day. But our fixer, you could just see him going pale."

"It looked like he was about to throw up and he goes, ‘I'm sorry guys. Things are going to get very bad for you. They think you're spies.'"

"And I pull out my phone and write a text out to my parents saying goodbye and I love you and I'm not going to be able to say this in real life."

"But luckily the leader of the group wanted to see my camera."

"He wanted to know why I was there. And I said I'm trying to show that no matter what happens to the Syrians here nothing can take away their happiness."

"He ended up throwing the camera back and he says, in Arabic, it gets translated very quick thankfully, ‘Go back to Turkey.' So Syria is not a place I would take you."

Andi Dorfman asked Hill if he'd put himself in situations like that if he was married with a family; the global adventurer assured her he would not.

"The biggest goal in life is to actually have a family. For me there's a whole list of things that I will never do again once I have a kid," he said.

"There's a few things if I ever want to try, I have to try them now, and luckily that just is becoming very short," Hill concluded, eerily prescient.

Just how far will he make it this season? The Bachelorette spoilers reveal that specific detail, but he is not the winner of Dorfman's final rose.

He and Andi Dorfman hit it off, though, and it's easy to see why. It's also see why the producers left his scenes in unedited, as it gives you a feel for Eric.

Follow the link to watch The Bachelorette online to see last night's show in its entirety and hear his story, to which we can't really do justice. R.I.P.

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Eric Hill is the The Bachelorette contestant who passed away after the season, which has been dedicated to his memory.

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