This is devastating.
As we told you yesterday, former Bachelor contestant and pilot Erin Storm reportedly died in a fiery plane crash shortly after takeoff from the Hawthorne Municipal Airport on Monday. According to reports, the Venice Beach resident was flying an Airborne XT-912 light-sport, weight-shift control plane when it became "engulfed in flames."
Storm competed for Matt Grant's heart on season 12 of the ABC show back in 2008.
Upon hearing the tragic news, the former British suitor told ET:
"Massively shocked. Devastated for her family and friends. We were lucky to have Erin on season 12. She was genuine, self-assured, beautiful and hilarious."
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"Somehow you knew from the first minute of being with her that Erin could pretty much go and do anything.
On my season her occupation was listed as Hot Dog Vendor…which surprised me a little bit. From talking to her, it soon became clear she was a smart, entrepreneurial cookie. My thoughts and prayers go out to her loved ones."
Storm's fellow contestant and Bachelor Pad 2 winner Holly Julian also reacted to the unsuspected death of her former co-star:
"Erin had a vibrant soul and anyone who knew her knows that. I know all her friends and family are devastated by her loss as are her Bachelor family. I am grateful to have met her in this lifetime and I am so sorry to her family and friends that are grieving her loss. Rest in peace Erin. Continue being that beautiful soul on the other side."
The show released a statement following the news saying:
"Once a member of the Bachelor family, always a member of the Bachelor family. It is a tragedy that Erin is no longer with us, and we would like to extend our sincere condolences to her family and friends."
We're sending light and love to Erin's family and friends during this difficult time.
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