Jim Raman, known for competing on season 25 of the CBS reality competition series The Amazing Race, has sadly passed away. Raman and his wife, Misti, had competed together on the program back in 2004, and were one of the most dominant teams to appear on the show. The two were billed as the "Married Dentists," reflecting their real-life work in dentistry, as the two owned their own dental practice in South Carolina called Irmo Smiles. Previously, Raman had earned his bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina and his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina's College of Dental Medicine. The former reality TV star was just 42 years old.
Full details on Raman's passing have not been revealed. What's known is that officers responded to a call leading them to the house around 4:30 a.m. on March 12. When they arrived, they found Raman dead on the scene. An official cause of death has not yet been revealed, and investigators are still looking into the death. However, nobody has been charged in connection with Raman's passing, and foul play does not seem to be a factor in the TV star's death. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher confirms this, noting in a statement, "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."
Jim and Misti Raman were highly competitive and very dominant during their time on The Amazing Race. While traveling across 26,000 miles across eight countries on the show, the two were pegged as an early favorite to win the competition. They managed to finish first in five of the race's 12 legs, which is more than any of the other teams. Ultimately, the Married Dentists almost won the show, finishing overall in 2nd place. While they didn't win, the two are among the most memorable contestants to appear on The Amazing Race in recent years.
Considering Raman's age and how he seemed to be in incredible shape, this news may be incredibly shocking to those who remember seeing the dentist competing on television. Those behind the scenes at The Amazing Race are just as surprised about this saddening news as the viewers. "We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Jim's passing," co-creators and executive producers Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri said in a statement. "He was a wonderful and very kind person. The Amazing Race family has suffered a huge loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Misti, and his entire family."
42 is way too young, and we offer our condolences to Misti and the rest of the Raman family during this difficult time. Those who watched the Ramans on The Amazing Race know just how full of life both of them were, and there's no doubt Jim is going to be deeply missed. May he rest in peace. This information comes to us from People.