Uganda Cops: Cocaine Killed Amazing Race Producer
Jeff Rice, critically ill assistant tested positive for drug
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2012 1:00 AM CST
Jeff Rice was a dual American and South African citizen.   (IMDB)

(Newser) – Police in Uganda have dismissed reports that thugs poisoned Amazing Race producer Jeff Rice, saying the American appears to have died from a cocaine overdose. Rice was found slumped in a chair on his hotel balcony, and an autopsy found the drug in his system, officials say. Rice's assistant Kathryn Fuller, who remains critically ill in a local hospital, also tested positive for the drug, and may not be allowed to leave the country for treatment in her native South Africa until after questioning. Police believe the pair voluntarily ingested the drug, contradicting reports from Rice's wife that he was apparently poisoned after rebuffing a shakedown by local crooks, ABC reports.

The two were in Uganda filming a documentary about a non-profit organization that provides the poor with hearing aids. "It is unfortunate," a government official tells E! Online. "He came to this country to do a good program—he came across as someone of humanity. It is unfortunate he has passed away, and really, our condolences to his family."

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Feb 27, 2012 11:31 AM CST
Feb 24, 2012 12:49 PM CST
I don't know which to believe, cocaine or thugs? The only way we'll know is if the assistant confesses to cocaine use.
Feb 24, 2012 5:53 AM CST
Should read "Accosted by Drugs" not by thugs. TV Producers can sure make shit up. Now he is the user of "The Amazing Base"