Entries in Drug Overdose (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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Amy Winehouse's Dad 'Speechless' over Her Death

Simone Joyner/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The distraught parents of Amy Winehouse returned to her north London home Monday, calling themselves "devastated and speechless."

"Amy was about one thing, and that was love," musician Mitch Winehouse said to the fans and media gathered at the makeshift shine outside his daughter's home. "Her whole life was devoted to her family, friends, and to you guys as well. So we're devastated, and I'm speechless."

The five-time Grammy winner was found dead, alone in her bed, at her London apartment Saturday afternoon by a bodyguard. She was 27. Medical authorities who responded to the scene said she had been dead for several hours, and that there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol in her apartment.

Winehouse's family said the singer had visited the doctor as recently as Friday and received a clean bill of health. There were also reports that she had entered treatment again as recently as last month.

Winehouse was working on an album before she died but canceled her latest tour last month after a Serbia show in which she stumbled, mumbled, and got booed by the crowd.

Winehouse's death follows a lifetime of substance abuse. Though she sought treatment for her drug and alcohol addiction numerous times, even those closest to her could not save her.

Winehouse's relationships with her friends and family -- particularly her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, and father, Mitch Winehouse -- were fraught at best.

Winehouse's mother, Janis Winehouse, also failed to get her the help she needed. In a statement released Sunday, Janis told Us Weekly that she believed her daughter's death had been "only a matter of time" when they met 24 hours earlier. "She seemed out of it," Janis said. "But her passing so suddenly still hasn't hit me."

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Jeff Conaway Hospitalized, Unconscious After Apparent Drug Overdose

Michael Bezjian/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Jeff Conaway, who's best known for his roles as Kenickie in the film Grease and Bobby Wheeler in the sitcom Taxi, is in critical condition following an apparent drug overdose on Wednesday, reports the Los Angeles Times.  According to his family members, the 60-year-old actor has been hospitalized at Encino Hospital Medical Center in California with pneumonia and remains unconscious.  There is no word on what Conaway may have taken, nor his prognosis.

Conaway, who's been known in recent years more for his public battles with drug and alcohol addiction, appeared in the first two seasons of VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Pinsky to help get his addiction to cocaine, painkillers and alcohol under control.

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