Fourth American Tourist Died in Dominican Resort After Sudden Illness: Report

June 9, 2019 Updated: June 10, 2019

A fourth American tourist died after becoming critically ill at a resort in the Dominican Republic about one month before three other Americans died in the country, it was reported on June 9.

Robert Bell Wallace, 67, of California, suddenly became ill after drinking scotch whiskey at a minibar at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana, his niece, Chloe Arnold, told Fox News.

Her uncle, a seasoned world traveler, was in good health. About a month before his passing, he had been skiing in Lake Tahoe, California.

The cause of death has not been provided by Dominican officials, Fox reported.

After three other Americans died at another hotel in the Dominican Republic, the Bahia Principe La Romana, Wallace’s family became worried, Arnold said.

“He was fine,” Arnold said of Wallace when he went to the country. “He and his wife arrived there at around midnight on April 10. On April 11 he had scotch from the minibar. He started feeling very sick, he had blood in his urine and stool right afterward.”

A hotel doctor checked on Wallace after the blood was discovered, saying he should be admitted to a hospital.

“We have so many questions,” she said. “We don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”

The U.S. Department of State confirmed it is looking into the man’s death.

“We can confirm the death of a U.S. citizen in April 2019 in the Dominican Republic. We offer our sincerest condolences to the family for their loss. Out of respect for the family during this difficult time, we do not have additional information to provide,” the agency wrote to Fox.

Meanwhile, a Maryland widow this week said she was concerned after her husband, David Harrison, died at the Hard Rock resort last year.

Harrison was healthy when he passed away, Dawn McCoy said, according to WTOP.

“I started seeing all these other people that were dying of the same exact causes, which made me start to second guess. I no longer feel like my husband died of natural causes,” McCoy added. “We went down there as a happy family, and we came home a broken family. I came home a widow and my 12-year-old son came home fatherless.”

Regarding the Bahia Principe La Romana cases, three Americans died in the past month or so. They were identified as 41-year-old Miranda Schaup-Werner, of Pennsylvania, and Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, both of Maryland.

Day and Holmes checked into the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville and Schaup-Werner had checked into the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana hotel, which is next to the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville. Schaup-Werner died on May 25, and Day and Holmes died on May 30, according to Inside Edition.

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