Vittorio Caruso, a 56 year old pizzeria owner from Glen Cove, New York died in the Dominican Republic last week after going into “respiratory distress after drinking something”, according to his sister in law Lisa Maria Caruso.
The New York resident is now the 10th confirmed tourist death in the Dominican Republic that, while officials claim have no connection, seem to revolve around consuming beverages while on vacation there.
Lisa Caruso said they had received a phone call stating that Vittorio was sick and minutes later they received another call informing them that he had died.
Vittorio’s older brother, Frank, told the New York Post that his brother was “very healthy” prior to leaving for vacation. “He went to the doctor before he left, and he had no problems. I spoke to the doctor. He called me when he found out he died, and he said he did not see anything wrong before he left,” Frank said.
Autopsy results are expected to be provided to the family sometime on Monday.