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Hard Rock International Chairman Claims ‘Different Water’ In Dominican Republic Is Cause of Mysterious Deaths of American Tourists

After a Denver man became the 13th American tourist to die in the Dominican Republic earlier this month, the chairman of one popular hotel and resort has publicly addressed what some are calling a “mystery.”

In an interview with CNBC’s Squawk Box on Friday, Hard Rock International Chairman Jim Allen suggests that conspiracy or foul play isn’t to blame for recent deaths on the island, but says it may be the difference in water.

Two tourists have died while on vacation at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana, Daily Mail reports. While there’s been a lot of speculation regarding illegal alcohol and poisoning, Allen says that “people get sick simply many times by just drinking water that’s different here than what we are used to in the United States.”

“There have been seven deaths over the last year and a half and certainly they will be investigated. We have to wait for the Dominican to come back with specifics on all of those unfortunate passings,” he added.

While investigations are ongoing, families of victims such as Cynthia Ann Day and Nathaniel Edward Holmes have announced plans to carry out their own autopsies to find out “the truth.”

“They don’t want investigations to be skewed. I’m not suggesting that would be the case, but they simply want to take no chances,” their attorney Steven Bullock said.

Apparently, media coverage of the deaths have taken a toll on the country’s tourism. Allen claims that market bookings are ‘understandably’ down 20 percent. Delta Airlines has also announced that they would re-book or cancel flights to the Dominican Republic for passengers free of charge.

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Retonjah Burdette is a publicist and published content curator from Atlanta, Georgia. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Public Relations from Georgia Southern University in 2017, Burdette then went on to get field experience with one of the top entertainment PR firms in Atlanta. Since the start of her career, Burdette has worked with a number of actors, authors, entrepreneurs and independent artists. She has secured placements on media outlets such as TV One’s Sister Circle, Good Day Atlanta on FOX, V-103, CBS 46, Kontrol Magazine, KISS 104.1 and Rolling Out to name a few. In addition to her growth in PR, she is currently a writer for Baller Alert, a top platform for news and entertainment. In hopes of bringing the visions of others to life, she launched Girl Avant-Garde in 2019, a creative agency specializing in innovative content, branding and PR in entertainment. Her overall goal is to have autonomy over her creative thought process and to teach branding to new entrepreneurs and others pursuing a career in the public eye.

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  1. Hi Ms. Burdette. I’ve been in Santo Domingo for 3 weeks now. I’ve drank the water (in small amounts) and the liquor (in larger amounts). I’m not sick. My sister is not sick. My kids are not sick. Anyone American coming to the island should understand the water is different and should not be ingested as they would in the states (in drink bottled as much as possible) but something else is amiss at the hotels.

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