Chris Harrison: The death of 'Bachelorette' contestant Eric Hill will be handled with respect

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The cast and crew of The Bachelorette season 10 have been mourning the loss of contestant Eric Hill, who died of injuries sustained during a paragliding accident last month. As the May 19 premiere approaches, host Chris Harrison says producers are now trying to figure out the best, most respectful way to deal with the tragedy on the show.

“It’s a horrible, horrible thing. He was taken away too young,” Harrison tells People. “It’s something we’ve never dealt with on the show. It didn’t only affect our cast, but also our crew who worked closely with him.”

Harrison says Hill was “a big part of the show.” The 31 year-old had already shot his scenes for Bachelorette Andi Dorfman’s season when a parachute failure led to his death. “We all took a moment to step back and reflect and respect Eric and his family,” Harrison says. “We wanted to really take it all in and let ourselves mourn a little bit.”

Though Harrison says producers have been afforded a little bit of time to “make the right decision,” how Hill’s scenes will be handled is yet to be determined. “We’re not 100 percent sure.”

But, the host promises, “I feel like every decision we make will be out of respect.”

ABC has not yet responded to EW’s request for further comment on how producers will handle Hill’s passing.

The Bachelorette season 10 premieres May 19 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

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