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Cruise Line Passenger Plummets to His Death

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Four stories is a long fall—and sadly, Brian Rice didn't survive it. The Carnival Cruise Line passenger died of blunt force trauma Friday after plummeting from the ninth deck to the fifth as the vessel returned to Miami, People reports.

Medical staff on Carnival Horizon rushed to his aid, to no avail, and authorities showed up the next day. Officials tell USA Today the death is not being considered a suicide, and Miami-Dade police are investigating.

The massive 3,954-passenger, 133,500-ton vessel was returning from a six-day visit to the Western Caribbean when tragedy struck. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the guest's family," says a Carnival spokesman.

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