Dr. Jim Raman, an orthodontist who completed on the 25th season of The Amazing Race, died this past Monday in South Carolina, multiple outlets have confirmed.
He was 42 years old.
According to local authorities, Raman’s body was discovered in his home, with Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher confirming the tragic news in a statement to WIS-TV that reads:
“Nothing suspicious or criminal is involved with the case you are referencing and out of compassion and respect for family, my office will not comment on it.”
Raman was a native of Irmo, South Carolina and he competed on the long-running CBS reality show in 2014.
He partnered on the global competition with his wife, Misti, finishing in second place overall and winning five of the show’s 12 stages.
The couple shared two kids, Lexi and Jimmy.
After their stint on The Amazing Race – on a season that included surfer Bethany Hamilton and country artist Whitney Duncan – they worked together at Irmo Smiles, a dental practice in South Carolina.
The company confirmed the news of Jim’s death in a statement of its own:
Irmo Smiles has suffered a tragic loss this week. It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of 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.
Your patience is greatly appreciated as we give Dr. Misti Raman time to grieve the loss of her loving husband.
Officials have not released a cause or manner of death, but are continuing to investigate what transpired.
Police were called to the Raman family home at 4:30 a.m. on March 12, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Captain Adam Myrick has told WIS-TV, adding simply that Raman was found dead on the scene.
Jim was a graduate of the University of South Carolina.
He received his doctorate in dental medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine.
According to obituary published online, funeral services are scheduled to take place at a church in Irmo on Saturday, March 16.
In 2018, Raman wrote a “Letter to the Editor” to The State about his autistic son, urging South Carolina to do more to provide health care coverage for autistic patients.
“As a parent, I would give anything to remove the burden of autism from his life,” Jim wrote at the time.
Such sad news.
We send our condolences to his friends, family members and loved ones.
May Dr. Jim Raman rest in peace.