Jeff Rice, a freelance producer for the CBS TV show Amazing Race, was found dead in his hotel room in Uganda. Initial reports say that Rice may have been poisoned to death by a local gang during a robbery attempt. Rice’s production assistant was also poisoned and is apparently in a coma in critical condition.
Rice spent years working in LA’s entertainment business before moving to South Africa. He founded the company Maverick Entertainment and was working as a facilitator for the Amazing Race, arranging things in Uganda prior to the show’s arrival, when he was killed.
Rice had previously worked on such shows as Animal Planet’s Whale Wars and The Biggest Loser South Africa.