Published: Mon, June 24, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

11th American has died while vacationing in the Dominican Republic

11th American has died while vacationing in the Dominican Republic

The State Department official did not offer details on the man's identity or cause of death, but a family member identified him as Vittorio Caruso, 56, of Glen Cove, Long Island, according to CNN affiliate News 12 Long Island.

Williams said they would have never gone if he had known multiple American tourists had died after falling ill at Dominican Republic resorts.

Thirteen Americans died in the Dominican Republic in 2018 from causes including homicide, auto accidents and drowning, the State Department said. Minutes later, they received a second call telling them he had died, the station reported.

CNN has reached out to Caruso's family for comment.

"We want the truth, not a special treatment", Garcia said.

Early the next morning, she said, he was sweating and unable to get up before he died.

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The resort said the decision was made independently and not because of the incidents. The FBI said Friday it has sent personnel to the country to provide technical assistance to Dominican investigators.

Sunday, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana said it was removing liquor dispensers from guest room minibars.

Caruso isn't the only local on the list of Americans who died while on vacation in the country.

"It's not true that there has been an avalanche of American tourists dying in our country, and it's not true that we have mysterious deaths", Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia told reporters.

CBS News spoke last week with César Duverany, a spokesperson for the Dominican Republic's foreign ministry, who said the cases are isolated out of more than 6 million tourists, and that this doesn't mean the country is unsafe. Several of the deaths were reported to be a heart attack, which health officials say is the most common cause of death for Americans on vacation.

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