Entries in Cocaine (3)


‘Amazing Race’ Producer Dead of Suspected Cocaine Overdose

Courtesy Josh Gates(KAMPALA, Uganda) -- American television producer Jeff Rice was found dead in a hotel in Uganda and police told ABC News he died of an apparent cocaine overdose.

Rice’s body was discovered in a luxury hotel in the capital city of Kampala on Friday.  His assistant Katheryne Fuller was found unconscious and is now recovering at a hospital.

Police say hotel staff noticed a man hanging on a balcony.  When they went to the room, they found Rice’s body on the balcony and Fuller lying in the room. Staff called police and rushed the victims to a hospital where Rice was declared dead, police said.

“Ms. Fuller is slowly recovering, and when she is recovered enough we will be able to talk to her and find out more about what happened,” said Uganda Police Force spokesman Asuman Mugenyi.

Police initially believed Rice and Fuller may have been sickened by some type of food poisoning.  Mugenyi denied reports that Rice was poisoned after he rebuffed a shakedown attempt from local thugs.

Rice was a veteran producer who worked on the latest season of the hit reality series The Amazing Race and the Emmy-nominated Animal Planet series Whale Wars. In addition to raising two young kids, he and his wife Sally Blackman operated a television and film production company called SB Productions in Durban, South Africa.  Fuller was an employee of their company.

Rice and Fuller were not working on Amazing Race in Uganda.  Fuller’s father Stuart Fuller said they were shooting a documentary and other crew members who were with them should know more about what sickened them.

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Bruno Mars to Enter Guilty Plea Wednesday

Photo Courtesy - Elektra Records(LAS VEGAS) -- Just three days after winning a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Bruno Mars is expected in a Las Vegas courtroom Wednesday to enter a guilty plea in his drug possession case.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Mars was supposed to appear in court Monday for his arraignment on a felony cocaine possession charge, but he had his presence waived.  He's now required to appear on Wednesday, when he will formally change his plea to guilty.

The plea is part of a deal that will keep Mars out of jail -- and if he stays out of trouble for a year, the arrest will be stricken from the record.  The singer will also be on probation for a year, pay a $2,000 fine, undergo drug counseling and perform 200 hours of community service.

Mars was arrested on Sept. 19 after he was found with 2.6 grams of cocaine in the bathroom of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  He told the arresting officer that he had made a mistake and had never before used drugs.

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Bruno Mars Formally Charged with Drug Possession 

Photo Courtesy - Elektra Records(LAS VEGAS) -- Singer Bruno Mars has been formally charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a spokesperson for the Las Vegas district attorney's office tells Entertainment Weekly.  This comes after the singer's Sept. 19 arrest in Las Vegas.  Police allegedly discovered him at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with 2.6 grams of cocaine.  He's due back in court Nov. 18.

Entertainment Weekly reports that if Mars is convicted, he could serve one to four years in prison, and/or pay a fine of up to five thousand dollars.  However, Nevada law states that if a person has no prior convictions, they're to be placed on probation instead.

Bruno's debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, is due out on Tuesday.

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