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5 Things to know about Bachelorette contestant Eric Hill

Kristyn Burtt is an IAWTV award-winning host and entertainment reporter. She currently hosts the recap shows for "Dancing With the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance" on AfterBuzz TV and for "True Blood" on GeekNation.

He was on a global mission

Eric Hill was much more than a Bachelorette contestant. Learn more about the man who was traveling the world one country at a time.

On Wednesday, a contestant on the upcoming season of The Bachelorette, featuring Andi Dorfman, lost his life in an unfortunate paragliding accident. Eric Hill was in critical condition following the serious event on Sunday in Utah. After being placed in a medically induced coma, he passed away today.

While Bachelorette viewers will get a brief glimpse at Hill on the new season, here are five things to know about him right now.

1. He was an adventurer

The 30-year-old was on a quest called GO with Eric, The Global Odyssey. He was trying to visit 195 countries that are recognized by the United Nations in just 1,200 days. In the first year alone, he had already traveled to 50 countries. His site chronicling his journey was GoWithEric.com

2. He was Mormon

He followed his faith through college where he attended Brigham Young University. The school is the most prestigious Mormon university in the U.S. Hill graduated in 2005 with a B.S. in Human Biology.

3. He was a philanthropist

While on his GO with Eric adventure, he often teamed up with charities that would benefit the region he was visiting. While in Colombia in October 2013, Hill spent time at an elderly care home for the handicapped and a baby center and preschool for underprivileged kids. He clearly wanted to make a difference throughout the world.

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4. He mixed with the locals

A big part of his adventures involved socializing with the locals and participating in the local cuisine. He told Fox 13 in Salt Lake City about his eating habits around the globe.

He said, "The craziest foods I've eaten are mostly bugs, I'd say, and you know how weird bugs can look. And then to actually look at it, cooked or uncooked, and have your own muscles get that bug into your mouth and chew it up — it goes a lot against what you've been taught in Western society."

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5. He was close with his family

He was from a family of five. He had three brothers — Brett, Brian and Scott — and one sister, Karen. His sister, Karen Tracy, was the one who posted the news of Hill's injury and his subsequent death on Facebook.

It was clear his family was close. Tracy shared photos of her brother with his niece and nephew on the social media site in addition to children that he met around the globe. She described her brother as "radiant with life and surrounded by children."

The Bachelorette season premieres on May 19.

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