Bachelor Nation was rocked yesterday (April 23) with the news that Eric Hill, a contestant on Andi Dorfman’s upcoming season of The Bachelorette, had died after a tragic paragliding accident on Easter Sunday. The 32-year-old is gone, but viewers will soon get to see him on television when the new season premieres on May 19. What did the Bachelorette boss have to say about Eric’s passing and how they’re going to edit the show? Read on to find out.

“We’re all just devastated. He was such a vibrant, young dude. He was. It’s tragic,” the show’s creator Mike Fleiss told E! News. “He was such a young guy who lived life to the fullest. I couldn’t believe it when I heard. I’m still in shock. We’re all in shock. This transcends everything, certainly a television show.”

At this point we know a little about Eric’s time on the show, that he scores the first one-on-one date with Andi and isn’t around come Hometown Dates — but we’re not positive just how far Eric goes on the show. So how will The Bachelorette handle editing Eric on the show?

“We’re going to try to be as sensitive as possible,” Mike continued. “It’s a bizarre predicament that we never expected to be in, but our problems aren’t important. It’s about his family now. My heart goes out to them. I pray for them and my staff; they’re just wrecked.”

How do you think the show should handle Eric’s death? Hit the comments and sound off.

The Bachelorette premieres May 19 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC and shifts to its regular time on May 26 at 8 p.m. ET.

Source: E! News

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