Dominican Republic death: Another American tourist dies on vacation

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana. Cops are investigating if tainted minibar liquor is behind recent tourist deaths

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana. Cops are investigating if tainted minibar liquor is behind recent tourist deaths

The 25-year-old said his family begged Cox to cancel her planned vacation to the popular tourist destination before she left on June 5.

- A NY woman, 53, is the latest American tourist to die in the Dominican Republic, long one of the top Caribbean destinations for US travelers.

A neighbor - who was cat sitting for Cox while she vacationed - said he found out about her death on Wednesday.

By last count, six tourists had died under mysterious circumstances in the Dominican Republic over the a year ago or so, and now there's a seventh and an eighth.

Robin Bernstein, U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic, offered her condolences to the families of those who lost their lives.

The State Department has not issued a travel warning, and American officials have not said the deaths were connected, the news outlet noted.

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"With everything going on in the news right now, we think she's a casualty of what's been happening", he added.

His mom's coworker posted a tribute on Facebook. I want the world to know, that another US Citizen passed away in this vacation destination, that as far as I know is not being held accountable for the past transgressions.

It is not immediately clear if the Federal Bureau of Investigation will conduct the analysis on Leyla Cox, 53, a New Brighton resident whose sudden death came to light after the statement was issued.

In the meantime, her son William is trying to figure out how to bring his mother's body back home.

In addition to the deaths, people have said they fell ill after consuming liquor from their hotel mini-bar, according to the New York Post. "Our own toxicology report would cost copious amounts of money".

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