‘Amaz­ing Race’ den­tist’s death un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion

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The death of a Columbia-area orthodon­tist who gained na­tional fame by ap­pear­ing on “The Amaz­ing Race” is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the Lex­ing­ton County Sher­iff’s De­part­ment.

Jim Ra­man died Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to his obit­u­ary on Dig­nity Memo­rial’s web­site. He was 42 years old.

Af­ter re­spond­ing to a Lake­front Court home at 4:30 a.m. Tues­day, a death in­ves­ti­ga­tion was started by the sher­iff’s de­part­ment, pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer Capt. Adam Myrick told The State.

Dr. Ra­man was found dead on scene, Peo­ple mag­a­zine re­ported.

Myrick said no one has been ar­rested or de­tained, and the sher­iff’s de­part­ment is not cur­rently seek­ing any per­sons of in­ter­est or sus­pects.

No cause of death has been re­leased to the pub­lic.

Calls to the Lex­ing­ton County Coro­ner’s Of­fice were not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

Coro­ner Mar­garet Fisher said “noth­ing suspi- cious or crim­i­nal is in­volved with the case ... and out of com­pas­sion and re­spect for fam­ily my of­fice will not com­ment on it,” WIS re­ported.

Myrick told The State that the sher­iff’s de­part­ment will in­ves­ti­gate “ev­ery non-nat­u­ral death.”

Ra­man, and his wife Misti Ra­man, are den­tists at Irmo Smiles, ac­cord­ing to their prac­tice’s web­site. They were con­tes­tants on “The Amaz­ing Race” in the fall of 2014.

The South Carolina cou­ple com­peted in the fi­nals, fin­ish­ing sec­ond on Jim Ra­man that sea­son of CBS’s pop­u­lar re­al­ity-TV show, ac­cord­ing to Peo­ple mag­a­zine.

Af­ter ap­pear­ing on “The Amaz­ing Race,” the show’s “Mar­ried Den­tists” re­turned to their prac­tice in Irmo, the mag­a­zine re­ported.

Den­tal pa­tients re­ceived a let­ter about Ra­man’s death, ac­cord­ing to WLTX.

“Irmo Smiles has suf­fered a tragic loss this week. 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, the let­ter said, ac­cord­ing to the TV sta­tion.

“We will be work­ing to resched­ule Dr. Misti Ra­man’s pa­tients and we apol­o­gize for any in­con­ve­nience this may cause you. Your pa­tience is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated as we give Dr. Misti Ra­man time to grieve the loss of her lov­ing hus­band.”

In ad­di­tion to his wife, the USC and MUSC alum is sur­vived by two chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to the Irmo Smiles web­site.

He wrote a “Let­ter to the Ed­i­tor” to The State in 2018 about his autis­tic son.

Ra­man urged S.C. to do more to pro­vide health care cov­er­age for autis­tic pa­tients, writ­ing “as a par­ent, I would give any­thing to re­move the bur­den of autism from his life.”

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