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The US State Department confirms that a New Yorker has died in the Dominican Republic



The officer confirmed the death in response to questions from CNN about media reports about the man whose family said he suddenly got sick and died last Monday.

The State Department official gave no details of the identity or cause of death of the man, but a family member identified him as Vittorio Caruso from Glen Cove, Long Island, according to CNN subsidiary News 12 Long Island.

Caruso's sister-in-law Lisa Maria Caruso told News 12 Long Island that Vittorio Caruso had died of shortness of breath and possibly a heart attack on vacation.

  Hard Rock Hotel in Dominican Republic removing vending machines from minibars after the death of tourists

[19659003] The family received a phone call with the message that Caruso was ill, she said. Minutes later, they received a second call telling them that he had died, the broadcaster reported.

According to Lisa Maria Caruso, her brother-in-law used part of his retirement in the Dominican Republic after selling a pizza shop in Glen Cove, which he has spent the last 12 years with his brother, News 12 Long Island, had been reported.

CNN asked Caruso's family for a comment.

The flood of deaths has caused some Americans to wonder if they should cancel upcoming trips to the Dominican Republic. The local officials tried, however, to assure the traveler death as an isolated case.

CNN previously reported that the deaths could possibly be alcohol related. The FBI supports local authorities in at least three of the recent deaths with toxicological tests.

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana announced on Sunday that alcohol dispensers would be removed from the guestroom minibars. The resort said that the decision was made independently and was not due to two deaths that occurred on its property.

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