‘Amazing Race’ Contestants Who Have Died After The Show

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The Amazing Race is gearing up for another intense season. Yes, there have been plenty of accidents and injuries on the reality television program. However, it probably isn’t often that you think about the contestants who have died since their appearance. Before the new season premieres next week, let’s take a moment to remember previous contestants who have passed on.

Amazing Race Contestants Who Have Died

Because many of the people participating in the show have heartwarming back stories, viewers often want to keep up with what they are doing after they depart from the contest. Unfortunately, a handful of people have died after their appearance on The Amazing Race.

Emily and her mother, Nancy, competed together in the first season. The pair is well remembered for skipping a detour that cost them their chance at winning. Nancy died on December 8, 2011, after losing her battle with ALS. She was 56 years old.

Renee Rogers appeared in Season 8 of the show. The Rogers family lost the race due to a detour, like Emily and Nancy. When the show was over for them and they returned home, Renee was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The disease cut her life short (51 years old) on November 24, 2013.

Sheila Castle and Rob Scheer were featured in Season 21. The newly engaged couple competed against other families for their chance at winning the grand prize. Sadly, they were the first to go home. However, they tied the knot immediately and were happy until a tragedy struck their home. On June 19, 2016, Sheila suffered from a severe aneurysm and died. She was only 48 years old.

Jim Raman and wife Misti - Amazing Race - YouTube/Access

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Dr. Jim Raman and his wife, Misti, participated in Season 25 of the reality show. Jim Raman died suddenly and seemingly without cause on March 12, 2019. He was only 42 years old at the time.

Former The Amazing Race: Canada contestant Kenneth McAlpine died on August 26, 2019, after a serious hiking accident. McAlpine went out hiking on his own for his birthday and never returned. He suffered a severe fall that led to his death.

What To Expect For This Season

Phil Keoghan is returning to host the beloved show this season. Once again, 12 teams will travel the world and race to win the grand prize of $1 million. This season will be the first where the race doesn’t start in the United States. Instead, contestants will arrive in Munich for the starting line.

Official Season 34 of The Amazing Race announcement - Amazing Race - Twitter/AmaingRaceCBS

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Teams for this year’s race were announced on August 24 and included at least one familiar face for viewers: Rex Ryan. The rest of the contestants may not be celebrities, but each of them has notable stories, just like those who appeared on the show before them.

Season 34 of The Amazing Race premieres on Wednesday, September 21 at 9 p.m. EST on CBS. The first episode of the new season will be an hour long, followed by a 90-minute episode on September 28.

Amanda Blankenship

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