On Friday, November 15, 2019, Brian Allen Rice, 32, from Brownsburg, Indiana was sailing aboard Carnival Cruise Line ship Carnival Horizon while the cruise ship was in sailing near Miami, Florida. Rice was sailing with his wife Diane two weeks before Thanksgiving when he died after he fell four decks from a balcony to a lower deck.
Carnival Horizon was on a six-day Western Caribbean cruise when Rice fell from his cabin’s balcony on Deck 9 down to Deck 5.
The cause of Rice’s death was blunt force trauma injury, Darren J. Caprara, director of operations at the Miami-Dade County medical examiner’s office said that Rice’s death was not a suicide.
“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,” Carnival said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the guest’s family.”
Brian leaves his wife Diane and twin three-year-old boys Brian Jr. and Bradley behind.
Brian was a graduate of Indiana State University and operated his own insurance claims consulting business. He was a member of SAL Brownsburg American Legion Post 331.
Visitation was from 10:00 to 2:00 on Friday, November 22 at Matthews Mortuary, Brownsburg.
A celebration of life gathering followed from 2:00 to 6:00 at the Brownsburg American Legion Post 331, 636 E. Main St., Brownsburg, Indiana.
Gofundme Charity Drive
A GoFundMe campaign was set up on November 17, 2019, to support Diane and the couple’s 3-year-old twin sons, Brian Jr. and Bradley. The page, states. “Brian leaves behind the three people he was most proud of, an amazing wife Diane and twin three-year-old boys Brian Jr. and Bradley, whom this effort will directly benefit. Also left behind are Brian’s mom, dad, brother Logan and sisters Myrissa and Chelsea.
Anyone who knew Brian knows how easy it was to call him a friend. He was the most generous person we knew. He’d give the shirt off his back for a stranger and drop everything to help a friend in need. Anyone who connected with him felt as if you were immediately a part of his family.
The goal of this drive is to give an outlet for the dozens of people who have reached out to the family offering assistance but also ease at least one mental burden while they go through the grieving process.
This Go Fund Me has been set up with approval from Brian’s wife, Diane, and every penny donated will be given directly to her.”
The Gofundme page raised $20,000 raised of a $20,000 goal.
Video: Man Falls Four Decks on Carnival Horizon