Eric Hill Sister Speaks Out: The Bachelorette Helps Him Live On!

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Producers of The Bachelorette faced with a unique problem with the death of Eric Hill, who passed away in a paragliding accident after leaving the show.

Not only that, the manner in which he left - following an argument with Andi Dorfman over whether she was being truly open - made it even harder.

The Bachelorette ultimately decided to air Hill's scenes as evidence of his "passion" and "courageous spirit," and his sister, for one, is happy they did.

Eric Hill, Sister

Karen Tracy tells TODAY that The Bachelorette is a "unique opportunity to watch him live on, and watch the world get to know him" every week.

"In some ways, it's only fitting that he is defying death in this way. My brother always thought bigger and dreamed bigger than anyone I have ever known."

Indeed, at the time of his death at age 31, Hill was working on a quest to visit every U.N.-recognized country in the world - his own Global Odyssey.

"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 said.

But "my parents, brothers and sisters [were] used to watching Eric onscreen. He always posted videos of his travels on his site and shared them with us."

It's different, of course, now that he's gone, but Tracy is grateful to be able to watch one of her incredibly cool brother's final adventures on TV.

To everyone who knew him, Eric is gone, but not forgotten.

"I get a little tearful," she admitted, "but I know Eric would want his audience to enjoy the journey with him, and seeing him makes me smile."

Hill lives on in other ways besides The Bachelorette, too.

"A day after his passing, my family went to the site where Eric fell from the sky. We watched the paragliders soaring overhead," Tracy recalls.

"We imagined Eric enjoying his last flight. We remembered a man who had lived his life to the absolute fullest. The world was just not big enough for him."

"In the weeks since, we set up a philanthropic foundation in his honor, LiveLikeEric (dot) com. And I'll be watching him in his alternate reality Monday night."


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

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