‘Amazing Race’ Producer Poisoned to Death

Feb 22, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A producer for CBS’s "The Amazing Race" was found dead in his hotel room, the apparent victim of a poisoning, reports the Daily Mail.

Jeff Rice was a freelance producer who worked on creating challenges for the CBS show in Africa. His female assistant was also poisoned, and was hospitalized in a coma. The incident took place in Uganda.

Rice and his aide, who were not working for "The Amazing Race" at the time, had apparently had an encounter with local thugs in which Rice refused to give up their belongings.

FoxNews.com reports that Uganda police are still investigating the case.

Rice was an experienced TV producer, having worked on Animal Planet’s "Whale Wars" and the South African version of "The Biggest Loser." The current season of "The Amazing Race," which began airing Sunday, included Rice’s work.

CBS has not commented on Rice’s death. Jerry Bruckheimer Films, which produces "The Amazing Race," told the newspaper it had no knowledge of the incident.

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