Fourth American reported dead at Dominican Republic resort in past two months

Tourism is the main industry in Dominican Republic and Punta Cana is one of the leading tourist destinations in the Caribbean. AFP

Report Death Toll Rises at Dominican Republic Resorts 12ERIKA SANTELICES AFP Getty ImagesKATHERINE RODRIGUEZ10 Jun 2019

Americans are canceling planned vacations to the Dominican Republic after the number of deaths in the last 12 months reached seven in recent days. Wallace, 67, was from California and had been in the country to attend his stepson's wedding.

According to the reports of her autopsy released Thursday by the Attorney General of the Dominican Republic, she died of a heart attack that caused respiratory failure and a fluid accumulation in her lungs.

Cynthia Day, 49, and Edward Holmes, 63, stayed in an adjacent hotel, Grand Bahia Principe La Romana. Within five days, three US tourists died in their rooms at hotels owned by the Bahia Principe Hotels and Resorts group, a different hotel chain than where McCoy and her husband stayed.

The local news report said he was on a "mountain excursion", and it isn't clear whether he was staying in a resort.

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Thirty members of the family took off for the Dominican Republic to be in place for Tickenoff's wedding on April 14.

"We were either going to lose all our money or we were going to get to go somewhere else".

Awilda Montes, from New York, US, believes the 7-Up she drank at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville resort, in the Dominican Republic, contained bleach. The Maryland woman said she continues to be suspicious, especially following the deaths of several more people since.

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Yvette Monique Sport, of Glenside, Pennsylvania, died at a hotel within the same resort complex in June 2018, her sister Felecia Nieves told FOX 29 Philadelphia.

So far Investigators say there are no medical connections to link the deaths. Both reportedly died of heart attacks.

David Harrison, a Maryland resident, also died past year at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort, the New York Post reported.

Other family members of American tourists then came forward, including Felecia Nieves, who said her sister, Yvette Monique Sport, died in June of previous year at the Bahia Principe resort in Punta Cana.

The deaths made headlines and first put the spotlight on what now appears to be a yearlong pattern.

The Dominican Republic's prosecutor's office said forensics experts are performing toxicological and other tests to determine the causes of death of Holmes and Day.

According to a lawsuit filed by the couple, their room smelled of chemicals.

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