Ugandan authorities claim Amazing Race producer, Jeff Rice, of a cocaine overdose after doctors found high concentrations of the drug in his stomach. Jeff Rice was found dead in his hotel room in Uganda, with his production assistant in critical condition. There was no sign of attack, and this is being treated as a suspected poisoning.
Dr. Michael Baden, chief forensic pathologist for the New York State Police, says this is unusual. ”Even if both were voluntarily using the drug, it’s very unusual that two people would have such similar symptoms so quickly from an accidental overdose.” Another expert also pointed out, “If someone were to snort vary large amounts of cocaine, there could have been some trace amounts from nasal drip into the stomach, but if the concentration was in the stomach, that’s a likely result of smuggling and ingestion.”
According to Fox News, Ugandan police deny any foul play, but a source close to Rice said he may have been butting heads with local thugs at the time he was found dead. Facilitators like Rice are usually hired by large production companies to make necessary arrangements with local officials before producers come in to shoot scenes for their shows. Rice’s family is having a second autopsy done in the US.
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