A long Island pizza owner joins the growing list of tourists who have suddenly died in the Dominican Republic.
Vittorio Caruso, 56, of Glen Cove, died on 17 June during his stay at the Boca Chica Resort, Santo Domingo, USA The State Department confirmed Fox News Friday.
His sister-in-law Marie Caruso said he was in good health when suddenly he was in respiratory distress after drinking something.
She does not respond to medications he's been given and that he has died, "Lisa Maria Caruso told Fox News, adding the family was waiting for the results of the autopsy. "I honestly do not know exactly what happened, because we were told contradictory stories by different people."
Like the families of others who died in the Dominicans, Caruso said the local authorities had vaguely answered how their seemingly healthy relatives had unexpectedly died of death while vacationing in the Caribbean.
"It's very difficult to get a clear story from anyone there," she said. "They even wanted to cremate the body. We insisted that the body be sent back here.
Caruso, who was due to return to New York on June 27, was one of three tourists last month and at least eleven last year who died during a vacation on the Dominican Republic. Dozens more have reported diseases.