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12 June 2019, 06:57 | Glen Norman
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A month before the mysterious recent deaths of three USA tourists in the Dominican Republic, another U.S. tourist died there in similar circumstances.
Robert Bell Wallace, 67, of California, became sick nearly immediately after he had a scotch from the minibar in his room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino resort in Punta Cana on April 11, his niece Chloe Arnold told Fox News. Wallace eventually died the next day, on April 14.
Arnold said her uncle was a well-traveled man and was in good health at the time of his death.
On Friday, a Colorado couple told CNN they are suing the resort the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana resort, where Day and Holmes stayed, after falling ill last June.
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Wallace, who was reportedly urinating blood, died three days after falling ill at the resort. "He started feeling very sick, he had blood in his urine and stool right afterward", she recounted, according to Fox.
According to the Dominican authorities, all four died of natural causes but the families are looking for answers.
"He was fine", Arnold said.
Arnold said a hotel doctor later checked on Wallace and determined on April 13 that he needed to go to the hospital.
Cora Smith - who, with her hubby Jay, runs the Instagram account The_GreatEscape.Blog that has 26,000 followers - said she felt compelled to paint a rosy picture online of their three-month jaunt to the DR in 2018.
"We were either going to lose all our money or we were going to get to go somewhere else". Their death certificates list the cause of death for both as heart attacks.
'We offer our sincerest condolences to the family for their loss. He and his wife had taken their 12-year-old son to the Dominican Republic to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Out of respect for the family during this hard time, we do not have additional information to provide. His death was later ruled a result of pulmonary edema.
Kaylynn Knull said she and her boyfriend enjoyed their vacation until they noticed their room beginning to smell of chemicals.
Awilda Montes, from New York, US, believes the 7-Up she drank at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville resort, in the Dominican Republic, contained bleach. "We have some reporters on the ground that are assisting us in gathering information that might be available", he told AFP.
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