Man dies on Dominican Republic holiday after saying drink ‘didn’t taste right’

Man dies on Dominican Republic holiday after saying drink ‘didn’t taste right’


 A 31-year-old man died on a Dominican Republic holiday after complaining his drink ‘didn’t taste right’
  Tracy Jerome Jester Jr, from Georgia, US, is one of a number of tourists to have mysteriously lost their lives over the past year in the Caribbean country, sparking an FBI probe
 Tracy – known as Jester – died on March 17, but details of death as a result of “respiratory issues” have only just emerged
 He had enjoyed a day of sightseeing before he started vomiting and complaining he couldn’t breath, his mother Melody Moore said
 She spoke to him at 7.40pm on the night before he died, and he told her that he and his sister planned to leave at 10am the next morning to fly home
   But later that evening, Jester “just dropped to his knees and started throwing up blood, and was calling for Mama”
 His sister phoned emergency services and their mother.   “She called me about 3
30 in the morning and she told me he was calling her saying he couldn’t breathe, just saying, ‘Mama, I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe,’” Melody told WSB-TV
  “By 4.40am he was gone,” she added to ABC News.  She recalled that he drank a soda and told her it ‘didn’t taste right’
 Jester’s body was returned home to Forsyth, Georgia in the US, on April 4.  There is currently nothing to suggest his death is linked to any of the other recent tourist fatalities in the country
 And it is not clear which resort Jester, who also had Lupus, and his sister were staying at
 The first death happened in June last year after bride-to-be, Yvette Monique Sport, arrived with her fiancé at Bahia Principe hotel in Punta Cana
  The 51-year-old from Glenside, Pennsylvania, had a drink at the minibar in their hotel room, took a shower and “wanted to retire for the evening,” sister Felecia Nieves told US media
 She fell asleep, and when her fiancé tried to wake her, she was unresponsive, she said
   Ms Nieves added: “He tried to nudge her again and there was no sound and then she was gone
”  A month later, in July 2018, another American tourist, David Harrison, 45, from Maryland, Florida, suddenly became ill and died at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana
 He had been celebrating his wedding anniversary with his wife, Dawn McCoy, and their son
 Ms McCoy said her husband’s death was ruled a heart attack by Dominican Republic authorities
 Jerry Curran, 78, from Bedford, Ohio, died on January 26, three days after arriving at the Dreams Resort in Punta Cana
    His daughter told WKYC-TV : “He went to the Dominican Republic healthy and he just never came back
”  She said he fell ill after dinner and drinks the night of his arrival and that his cause of death includes pulmonary edema, or fluid in the lungs
  Robert Bell Wallace, 67, died on April 14 after becoming sick and urinating blood after he had one whisky at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana
 , 41, from Pennsylvania, died on May 25 after she had a drink from her minibar at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville
 She was there to celebrate her ninth wedding anniversary.     And as we previously reported, a woman likely died of shock after finding her fiancé dead beside her in their hotel bed, according to an official
 Cynthia Day, 49, and fiancé Nathaniel Holmes, 63, from Maryland, US, died on May 30 at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana resort
 However, Dominican Republic health officials do not believe the couple died because of foul play
 Police are investigating whether the deaths are linked to alleged counterfeit booze
 Meanwhile, Joseph Allen, 55, from New Jersey, was found dead in his room at the Terra Linda hotel in Sosua on June 13
 A preliminary autopsy suggested he suffered a cardiac arrest and there were no signs of violence
 Leyla Cox, 53, from Staten Island, New York, died days earlier on June 10 at Excellence Resorts in Punta Cana
 Vittorio Caruso, 56, from Long Island, New York, died on June 17 at Boca Chico Resort in Santo Domingo
  His sister-in-law  told Fox News: “He was brought by ambulance to the hospital in respiratory distress after drinking something
”  Khalid Adkins, 46, died on June 25 from kidney failure after he became ill as he boarded his flight home to Denver
  While Brits Emma Plappert and boyfriend Leigh Bailey returned from the Bahia Principe hotel last month and also questioned whether they had been poisoned
   As well as crippling stomach pains, intense exhaustion and red lumps on their legs, they have endured bloody diarrhea after flying back
 When they heard the mysterious deaths could be linked to alcohol miniatures, the couple rushed to retrieve bottles they had taken from their minibar and gifted to friends at home
 Luckily they got the bottles back before they’d been opened.  Emma and Leigh are calling on UK authorities to test the alcohol as they continue to battle their mystery illness
 “The first thing we noticed that was strange was the alcohol from the main hotel bar,” explained Emma, who forked out £3,400 for the two week holiday after Leigh won £6,000 on the slots
 “It just didn’t taste like alcohol at all. It just tasted weird. I said at the time that they had put fake alcohol in it
 “It tasted a bit chemically.”  Investigators are reportedly sending experts to conduct toxicology tests at the two hotels where three people died, in the hope of getting to the bottom of the mysterious deaths
 The US State Department said they are “actively monitoring the investigations by Dominican authorities into these tragic deaths
We stand ready to provide assistance as requested.”  In a statement on the Grupo Pinero website the company that owns the Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts hotel said: “In regards to the two unfortunate events that took place in the Dominican Republic, and after inaccurate and false information has been spread, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts would like to express our deep respect to the authorities and the ongoing investigations
 “We reiterate our firm commitment to collaborating completely with the authorities and hope for a prompt resolution of their inquiries and actions and will not be making any further statements that may interfere with them
 “The safety and comfort of our guests and staff stand at the core of our company values, and we work daily to ensure it

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