Ninth US tourist dies in Dominican Republic as seven kids fall violently ill

Ninth US tourist dies in Dominican Republic as seven kids fall violently ill


A NINTH US tourist has died from a mystery illness in the Dominican Republic days after seven school kids fell violently ill at another resort on the island
 Joseph Allen, 55, from New Jersey, was found dead in his room at the Terra Linda hotel in Sosua on June 13, the State Department said
 Eight other US nationals have died on the island in the last year.  Last week, it emerged that seven high school graduates fell ill after eating sushi at the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana – where at least two Americans have died
 Another person died at the Excellence Resorts which is also in Punta Cana on the east of the island
 The bodies of four other holidaymakers have been found at the Bahia Principe hotels which are located in the south east of the Caribbean paradise
 The FBI has launched a probe into whether the tourists drank tainted booze before they died
 Jamie Reed, Allen’s sister, told ABC that he died on the morning of June 13 during a trip to celebrate a friend’s birthday
HOLIDAY HORROR  She said that her brother told pals he was feeling hot in the swimming pool and went to take a shower
 Later that evening he still wasn’t feeling well and did not show for breakfast the next day
 Staff then went to his room to perform a wellness check after he failed to answer his door and found him dead on the floor of his suite
 The New Jersey native was said to be in good health and holidayed in the Dominican Republic multiple times a year
 His sister Jamie said she wants to know what happened to her brother.  She said: “The families need answers
We deserve answers. My brother was my best friend. I spoke to him every day. This is killing me
 “I just don’t want them to suppress anything, especially with them embalming the body
”  Allen’s relatives released a statement yesterday saying they believe he could be “the victim of a wrongful death
”  Meanwhile, a group of teenagers from Oklahoma had their trip to the Dominican Republic ruined when they fell sick with a mysterious illness
 The high school graduates flew on June 8 to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, where at least two Americans have died and others have fallen ill, news station KOTV reported
 Liz McLaughlin said her daughter, Libby, was among seven members of the group who fell sick — and they have “no idea what’s going on
” ‘POISONED’ ON HOLIDAY  “We just don’t know what is happening,” McLaughlin told the news station
“Is it the water? Is it the ice? Is it the food? Is it the food handling? Is it the pesticides?”  For the first day, the teens enjoyed themselves hanging out on the beach
 But after dining at the resort’s Japanese restaurant, the trip took a turn for the worse, according to KOCO
 “I just woke up, and my stomach was cramping and I was sweating,” Bennet Hill told KOCO
“I was freezing.”  Hill and the six others were rushed by ambulance to the hospital, where they received anti-nausea medicine
Timeline of deaths June 2018: Yvette Monique Sport, 51, of Glenside, Pennsylvania, dies after drinking from the minibar at at a Bahia Principe hotel in Punta Cana July 2018: David Harrison dies while on holiday at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana April 2019: John Corcoran, brother of US TV star Barbara, dies from heart attack April 14: Robert Bell Wallace, 67, of California in hospital four days after falling ill May 25: Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, of Pennsylvannia, dies within hours of consuming a drink from a resort minibar at Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana May 30: Cynthia Day, 49, and Nathaniel Holmes, 63, of Maryland, are found dead in their hotel rooms June 10: Leyla Cox, 53, of Staten Island, New York, is found dead in her hotel room June 13: Joseph Allen, 55, from New Jersey, dies in room at the Terra Linda hotel in Sosua  It’s unclear whether the group’s illnesses are linked to the fatal cases recently reported at the resort
 Robert Bell Wallace, 67, died from unknown causes during an April trip to the hotel
 His family said he became unwell after drinking a glass of scotch from the minibar
 Relatives of a Maryland tourist, David Harrison, recently revealed he died last July at the same resort
 Before going to bed, Harrison reportedly fell ill and died the next day from pulmonary edema and heart attack
 A spokesperson for the hotel told The New York Post the resort “immediately took corrective action” after the group of students fell ill
 “Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana is disappointed regarding a recent situation in which a group of guests became ill after dining at one of our 12 venues,” the statement said
‘TAINTED BOOZE’  “As the safety and health of our guests is now, and has always been our highest priority, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana is regretful that we did not achieve the extremely high standards we set for ourselves
”  This comes after Leyla Cox, 53, from Staten Island, New York, became the eighth US tourist to die while holidaying in the Caribbean island
 She had flown to the country on June 5 to celebrate her birthday where she was meant to spend a week before coming back to New York
ISLAND CURSE  William Cox, her son, said she was found dead in her hotel room on Monday, just one day after her birthday
 Mr Cox said he was suspicious after his mum’s death was ruled a heart attack.  He told the Staten Island Advance: “I am overwhelmed and confused and in shock
I have a right to be suspicious.”  On June 13, it was revealed that the brother of TV star Barbara Corcoran was found dead in a Dominican Republic hotel room
 Property mogul Barbara, 70, who appears on the US version of hit show Dragons Den, revealed her 60-year-old brother John died from a sudden heart attack while on holiday with a pal in April
 Speaking with TMZ last week, Shark Tank star Barbara said her brother’s friend discovered his lifeless body on the floor of their suite
 But a post-mortem examination has never revealed his cause of death.  It is unclear which hotel John was staying in at the time

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