Amazing Race freelance producer meets tragic fate in Uganda

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UGANDA (eTN) – A reliable source from one of Kampala’s leading hotels has confirmed that Jeff Rice, a producer on the “Amazing Race” series, was found dead in his hotel room in, with the cause of his death unclear. His traveling companion, his production assistant, has been admitted to a hospital and is in a coma.

Allegations are sweeping Kampala that cocaine had been discovered in their room at the hotel, while other rumors indicate they had been poisoned. There were no indications of an attack. Police investigations into the case are now ongoing due to the suspicious circumstances. The involvement of local “suspects” has not being ruled out.

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It was not clear why Jeff Rice had been in Uganda, whether on a private vacation or if he could have been researching locations for another “Amazing Race” sequence, now that the 20th season of the show just premiered last week.

Uganda has been named as the top destination in the “Lonely Planet Guide” for 2012, leading to renewed interest for the country as a tourism destination from overseas and could, therefore, be of increased interest to movie and series producers from abroad.

Allegations made in US-based blogs that the duo was poisoned as part of a robbery attempt, have been discounted by the source, leaving other motives and scenarios wide open to speculation.