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13 cases of tourists getting sick, being assaulted, or dying in the Dominican Republic in the last year

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  10 US tourists have died while staying at all-inclusive
  resorts in the Dominican Republic since June 2018.
  
  Several other US tourists have claimed they were poisoned at
  a Dominican Republic resort.
  
  Additionally, a Delaware woman, Tammy Lawrence-Daley, claimed
  she was brutally attacked at a Punta Cana resort in January.
  Police are still investigating. 
  
  In a non-suspicious incident, Portia Ravenelle and Orlando
  Moore, of New York, died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic
  in March while driving to the airport.
  
  
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  Seven Americans have died in the Dominican Republic under
  suspicious circumstances in the last year - and several other
  tourists claim they were poisoned or attacked in the country. 

  
  "Shark Tank" host and real estate investor Barbara Corcoran
  revealed on Wednesday that her brother John was found dead of
  an apparent heart attack in a Dominican Republic hotel room in
  April. It is unclear which resort he was staying at.

  Meanwhile, three tourists all died of respiratory failure
  while staying Bahia Principe hotel at the Playa Nueva
  Romana resort in La Romana, about 50 miles west of Punta Cana, in
  May. Another woman died at a hotel in the same
  resort chain last June, 
  her family told NBC10, and several other tourists have said
  they were poisoned by drinks at the same resort chain. 

  At the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana,
  two men died in separate incidents in April 2019 and June 2018.
  There are now reports of US tourist deaths at other
  Dominican Republic resorts as well.

  Additionally, a Delaware woman claimed she was brutally attacked
  at another Dominican Republic hotel. Police said they are
  investigating her claims, though have said there are
  inconsistencies in the case.

  
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  Dominican Republic police are questioning a Delaware woman's
  story about being brutally attacked at a resort
  

  The country is a popular vacation destination, and the tourism
  industry accounted for more than 17% of the Dominican Republic's
  economy in 2018, according to CNN. 

  Last year, 13 Americans died in the Dominican Republic. Four of
  the deaths were the results of drownings, four were auto
  accidents, two were homicides, one was suicide, and one was an
  undisclosed accident, 
  the US State Department reported.
  All of this year's incidents appear to be unrelated. And while
  tourism is crucial to the region, the recent deaths have 
  raised concerns among visitors.

  • 10 US tourists have died while staying at all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic since June 2018.
  • Several other US tourists have claimed they were poisoned at a Dominican Republic resort.
  • Additionally, a Delaware woman, Tammy Lawrence-Daley, claimed she was brutally attacked at a Punta Cana resort in January. Police are still investigating.
  • In a non-suspicious incident, Portia Ravenelle and Orlando Moore, of New York, died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic in March while driving to the airport.
  • Visit INSIDER's homepage for more stories.

Seven Americans have died in the Dominican Republic under suspicious circumstances in the last year - and several other tourists claim they were poisoned or attacked in the country.

"Shark Tank" host and real estate investor Barbara Corcoran revealed on Wednesday that her brother John was found dead of an apparent heart attack in a Dominican Republic hotel room in April. It is unclear which resort he was staying at.

Meanwhile, three tourists all died of respiratory failure while staying Bahia Principe hotel at the Playa Nueva Romana resort in La Romana, about 50 miles west of Punta Cana, in May. Another woman died at a hotel in the same resort chain last June, her family told NBC10, and several other tourists have said they were poisoned by drinks at the same resort chain.

At the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana, two men died in separate incidents in April 2019 and June 2018. There are now reports of US tourist deaths at other Dominican Republic resorts as well.

Additionally, a Delaware woman claimed she was brutally attacked at another Dominican Republic hotel. Police said they are investigating her claims, though have said there are inconsistencies in the case.

Read more: Dominican Republic police are questioning a Delaware woman's story about being brutally attacked at a resort

The country is a popular vacation destination, and the tourism industry accounted for more than 17% of the Dominican Republic's economy in 2018, according to CNN.

Last year, 13 Americans died in the Dominican Republic. Four of the deaths were the results of drownings, four were auto accidents, two were homicides, one was suicide, and one was an undisclosed accident, the US State Department reported.

All of this year's incidents appear to be unrelated. And while tourism is crucial to the region, the recent deaths have raised concerns among visitors.

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