7th American Dies From Mysterious Condition During Dominican Republic Vacation
According to multiple reports, another American has died under mysterious circumstances while vacationing in the Dominican Republic, making it the seventh tourist to have died at resorts in the Caribbean nation over the past year.
In an interview with The Staten Island Advance, William Cox, the son of Leyla Cox shared that his mother died Monday at the Excellence Resort in Punta Cana. Cox had visited the country June 5 to celebrate her birthday and was expected to be home on Thursday. However, she never returned home to Staten Island. Her son said she died Monday, according to CBS News, and the U.S. State Department confirmed Leyla, 53, was found dead in her hotel and died from a heart attack — the same cause of death as most of the other victims so far.
“I am overwhelmed and confused and in shock,” William said. He went on to say, “My family wanted her to not go on this vacation. I truly believe if my mother was not in the Dominican Republic, she would have been alive right now. With everything going on in the news right now, we think she’s a casualty of what’s been happening,” William explained to SILive.com.
William is now searching for answers because he does not believe his mother death was of natural causes. What’s even more shocking is that he was told there would be no toxicology report because her autopsy showed no red flags and that the toxicology machine was broken. William said that he can’t properly begin to grieve until he knows for sure why his mother died.
A spokesman for the U.S. State Department says it’s closely monitoring the police investigation in Punta Cana regarding Leyla Cox’s cause of death, CBS reports.
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