Eric Hill Death: America Watches Late 'Bachelorette' Suitor Win a Rose

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 10:15 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Eric Hill, "The Bachelorette" contestant who died in a paragliding accident in April after the reality show stopped filming, was seen on Monday night's episode describing a near-death experience during his one-on-one date with Andi Dorfman.

In an eerie twist of irony, Hill candidly discussed the dangerous incident, which happened during a trip to Syria when the city he was traveling to was shelled by rockets.

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"Syria ended up being the scariest moment of my life hands down," Hill told Dorfman, according to E! Online. "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 told Dorfman about the fear he felt after two militants confronted his group, believing they were spies.

"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," he said on the show. "But luckily the leader of the group wanted to see my camera and 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."

Hill died in April after a paragliding accident left him in a coma. The 32-year-old reportedly wanted to visit every country in the world during a 1,200-day expedition he called "The Global Odyssey," he explained on "The Bachelorette."

Hill's sister, Karen Tracy, reacted to Monday's show on Facebook, saying her brother was a "gentleman" not for kissing Dorfman on the first date and that he was sincere in his comments.


Dorfman presented Hill with a rose during their one-on-one, giving him a pass to the next round of dates.

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