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A producer who worked as a local freelancer for The Amazing Race was found dead Friday in Uganda from an apparent cocaine overdose, E! Online reports.

An autopsy performed on Jeff Rice, who had worked on Race's currently airing season as a freelance facilitator, showed cocaine in his system. Rice's assistant, Kathryn Fuller, also tested positive for cocaine. She is currently recovering in a hospital.

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Rice and Fuller were found Friday on their hotel balcony. Rice was reportedly found face down on a table, with blood coming from his nose and mouth. Fuller was unconscious on the floor next to him. Police also found a bag of white powder in their room that tested positive for opiates. Both were taken to the hospital where Rice was pronounced dead.

Initial reports that Rice and Fuller had been poisoned by "thugs" were shot down by Ugandan Police Force. "The hotel he stayed at was a 5-star hotel," said Uganda Media Centre spokesman Fred Opolot. "The rooms can only be accessed by hotel workers or guests. No one can easily walk in and out. There's good security at the hotel. Those allegations are unfounded."3

"Our Amazing Race team is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Jeff's untimely death," said Race co-creator and executive producer Bertram van Munster. "The show is not in production right now, but we have utilized Jeff's company on several occasions over the course of the series to help with advance work when the Race visited Africa. He was well liked and his work was highly respected."

Rice is survived by his wife Sally Blackman and two young children.