‘Amazing Race’ Producer Jeff Rice and Assistant Poisoned in Uganda

Jeff RiceSome very tragic news has befallen the production team behind the CBS series The Amazing Race. The Daily Mail reports that Jeff Rice, a freelance producer for the competition program, has been killed in a suspected poisoning. Rice, a resident of Durban, South Africa, was in Uganda with an unnamed female assistant when the two were attacked by local thugs demanding their possessions. Although the course of events is unclear, the result was Rice and his assistant both becoming violently ill, with sources reporting that the symptoms indicate poisoning. Rice was killed, and his assistant is currently undergoing treatment at a Uganda hospital.

Rice worked out of Africa, scouting continental locations for The Amazing Race, and working on various other series, such as Whale Wars and the South African incarnation of The Amazing Race. Rice is survived by his wife of eleven years, Sarah Blackman, and his two daughters, aged seven and one. Our thoughts are with his family at this time, and we wish Rice’s assistant a speedy and substantial recovery.
Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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