Man Who Died in Cruise Ship Fall Was Indiana Father of Twin 3-Year-Old Boys

Earlier this week we blogged about a man who died after falling several stories aboard the Carnival Horizon cruise ship. Information about the victim and the circumstances continue to trickle out.

Brownsburg, Indiana resident Brian Rice fell approximately four stories – from the ninth story of the Horizon – as the ship was returning to Miami from a six-day Caribbean itinerary. Ship staff attended to Rice after the fall but were unable to stabilize his condition. 

Authorities continue to investigate Rice’s death and have not yet released information about what may have led to his fall. According to the, the medical examiner has ruled the death an accident and determined that Rice died from blunt force trauma. 

In a statement, Carnival said, “Our CareTeam continues to provide support to the guest’s family and we cooperated with the standard law enforcement investigation when the ship arrived to PortMiami on Saturday morning.”

A GoFundMe page is requesting donations to benefit Rice’s widow and twin three-year-old boys. 

Rice’s death comes on the heels of another cruise ship falling death involving an Indiana resident. Over the summer an 18-month-old girl, also from Indiana, died after falling from a window from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.