The State Department confirmed to Fox News the latest American tourist who died in the Dominican Republic – a New Jersey man whose body was found on the floor of his hotel room.
Joseph Allen, 55, of Avenel, NJ, was found dead Thursday morning, WABC reported.
A State Department official told Fox News: "We can confirm the death of a US citizen in the Dominican Republic in June 2019. We offer our most sincere condolences to the family for this loss. for the family at this difficult time, we do not have any additional information to provide. "
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"They found it on the floor," said Allen's sister, Jamie Reed. "He had been there for a while, Rigor mortis had settled down and he was cold."
Allen was complaining of having hot at the pool and had gone to take a shower; he went to bed early and was found dead the next day, according to the report.
His family did not respond to phone calls or emails from Fox News.
The popular tourist destination of the Caribbean faces a wave of American tourist deaths in their hotel rooms located in various complexes. Tourists' families said they were generally in good health.
According to Dominican investigators, five of the seven other deaths recently known to the public were caused by a heart attack. In the case of the other two – a married couple from Maryland found dead on May 30 – a final report on the cause of death was pending.
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In almost all cases, officials said that there were signs of pulmonary edema – a condition in which the lungs fill with fluid. Tourists were between 41 and 67 years old.
The Dominican Tourism Ministry denounced what he called an overreaction of what he described as fortuitous.