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8th Tourist Dead While on Vacation in Dominican Republic is from NJ

By rlsmetro on

Another American tourist died in the Dominican Republic last week. This is the eighth to die on vacation there since last year.

Hotel personnel found Mr. Joseph Allen, 55, of Avenel dead in his hotel room at Terra Linda in Sosua on June 13 in the morning, according to reports.

According to a statement family gave WABC-TV NYC, Allen was on vacation with his friends celebrating a friend's birthday. Those friends said Allen wasn't feeling well the night before he was found and he went back to his room to rest. The next morning, worried about him, a friend asked the hotel to do a wellness check on Allen, but he was already dead.

Officials say that Allen has frequently visited the Dominican Republic.

According to reports, Allen's son, Amir Allen, was coming to spend time with him on Father's Day, but Allen was already dead.

Allen's passport was used to identify his body, officials say.