Long Island's pizza owner, Vittorio Caruso, the 10th American in the Dominican Republic, died of respiratory disease and heart failure, according to a new report.
The preliminary autopsy report was released by the country's Attorney General, CNN.
Caruso from Glen Cove has been living in the city of Boca Chica for several years, the prosecution said.
On June 11, the 56-year-old began to cough and felt short of breath, so he went to the doctor and was treated and released, his partner Yomaira Ramirez de Jesus told the prosecutor.
A week later, Caruso called her and complained again about respiratory problems and chest pain. He was medically treated at home before being taken to a hospital in Santo Domingo.
Caruso suffered cardiac arrest and died.
The AG's office reported that Caruso had been battling hypertension for nine years and had a long history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He drank and smoked aloud the autopsy results.
The autopsy detected both new and previous heart attacks.
The family informed The Post that Caruso was having Vittorio's pizzeria in Glen Oak before selling the business for about two months, having a time-share condo in the DR.
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