‘Amazing Race’ alum Dr. Jim Raman dies at 42

Former “Amazing Race” contestant Dr. James “Jim” Raman has died at 42. 

The orthodontist, who competed with his wife, Misti, on Season 25 of the CBS reality show in 2014, died in South Carolina Monday, according to an obituary posted by the Caughman-Harman Funeral Home.

In a statement to USA TODAY, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Adam Myrick said deputies responded to the couple’s home early Tuesday morning, where Raman was pronounced dead. 

His cause of death is not clear, but Myrick said “no one has been arrested or detained in connection with this (death) investigation.” He added, “We aren’t seeking any suspects or persons of interest as our work on the case continues.”

Jim and Misti Raman appeared on “The Amazing Race” as the Married Dentists, finishing in second place behind food scientists Amy DeJong and Maya Warren. Professional surfers Bethany Hamilton and Adam Dirks also competed that season. 

“‘The Amazing Race’ family has suffered a huge loss,” co-creators Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri said in a statement to USA TODAY. “We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a wonderful and very kind person. … Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Misti, and his entire family.”

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Despite not winning the show, the Ramans were dominant competitors, finishing first on five of the season’s 12 legs. During their run on “The Amazing Race,” the Ramans won a trip for two to Dubai, UAE, Brazil, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and Vietnam.

USA TODAY has reached out to CBS for comment.

The Ramans own the dental practice Irmo Smiles in Irmo, South Carolina. The couple have two children, Lexi and Jimmy, according to the practice’s website. 

Their company alerted patients of the news. “Irmo Smiles has suffered a tragic loss this week,” a statement obtained by WTLX and People said. “It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing for Dr. Jim Raman. As our staff and the family prepare for Dr. Raman’s celebration of life, please join us in praying for peace and comfort during this difficult time.”

Raman’s funeral service will be held Saturday in his hometown. 

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