A Georgia man has died of a ‘respiratory illness’ while on holiday in the Dominican Republic – becoming the 13th American to die there in under a year.
Jerome Jester Jr. of Forsyth, Georgia, died on March 17 this year just a day after going sightseeing in the Caribbean nation, according to his family.
The 31-year-old had been on vacation with his sister, who called for an ambulance after he started having difficulty breathing.
Jester’s sister told ABC News: ‘He just dropped to his knees and started throwing up blood, and was calling for Mama.’
His mother Melody Moore told WSB-TV-2 she spoke to him the day before he died.
‘They had a good day,’ Moore told the station.
‘Saturday, they went out, they explored. They said they had a good day.’
Moore said he seemed fine on the phone but did mention drinking a soda which didn’t taste right.
Jester’s death is the latest in a recent spate of fatalities among US tourists visiting the territory.