News & Opinion | June 27, 2019 11:40 am

An 11th American Has Died While Vacationing in the Dominican Republic

The country's tourism ministry continues to deny the trend as anything more than coincidence

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Eleven Americans have died in the Dominican Republic this year. (Al Bello/ Getty)
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An American man from Denver who became ill while visiting the Dominican Republic has died. He’s at least the 11th American to die while vacationing in the country since June of last year.

Khalid Adkins, who was in the DR with his daughter last week, was alone in the Caribbean after she returned home, according to his sister-in-law, Marla Strick, The Denver Post reported. He became sick after his daughter left and rapidly deteriorated to the point that he had to get off an airplane that was going to fly him back to the U.S. on Sunday. He was then checked into a hospital in the country’s capital, Santo Domingo.

Strick said that the hospital initially told her and the rest of Adkins’s family that he was suffering from kidney failure, but they had issues trying to communicate with the staff past that conversation.

Despite the wave of American tourist deaths, disappearances and illnesses that has seemingly engulfed the Dominican Republic over the past year, the island nation’s government is refusing to acknowledge any underlying cause or sinister goings-on.

“It’s not true that there has been an avalanche of American tourists dying in our country, and it’s not true that we have mysterious deaths,” Dominican Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia told CNN after Delta announced it would allow travelers to cancel their flights to the country without penalties. The claim is “exaggerated,” he added.

Travel cancellations to the Dominican Republic have spiked over 51 percent this month, and bookings for visits in July and August have fallen nearly 75 percent.

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