But his niece said he fell ill nearly immediately after drinking a scotch from the minibar at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and was dead just three days later in April. Lawrence-Daley says she suffered a broken nose and facial fractures after a man dressed like a hotel employee attacked her, dragged her into a maintenance room and assaulted her for several hours. Wallace eventually died the next day, on April 14.
"He was fine", niece Chloe Arnold said of her uncle, Fox News reported.
Five days later an engaged couple from Maryland, Edward Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Day, 49, were also found dead in their room at the same resort. Harrison and Wallace both died at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana.
'He started feeling very sick, he had blood in his urine and stool right afterwards'. Authorities claimed that she too died of pulmonary edema and respiratory failure, although a family spokesman said that police did a "very cursory [look] into determining the cause of death".
"You finally get those days off you look forward to and something like this will happen?" said Montes, CBS New York reported.
Arnold said a hotel doctor checked Wallace out and ruled that he needed to be hospitalized.
Cora Smith - who, with her hubby Jay, runs the Instagram account The_GreatEscape.Blog that has 26,000 followers - said she felt compelled to paint a rosy picture online of their three-month jaunt to the DR in 2018. Law enforcement said the couple died of the same illness that led to Wallace's and Schaup-Werner's deaths.
'We offer our sincerest condolences to the family for their loss. Harrison's wife, Dawn McCoy, was among them: she said that she scuttled a trip she planned to take to the Caribbean country on the first anniversary of her husband's death. "Out of respect for the privacy of her family, we have no further comment at this time". "We were promised within three months that we would receive a toxicology report.
I think what's happening is something happened to a loved one in the Dominican Republic and now you're hearing about this sudden thing happening at the Bahia Principe and you're going to conflate those", said Murphy.
The Dominican Republic's prosecutor's office said forensics experts are performing toxicological and other tests to determine the causes of death of Holmes and Day.
"My 6-year-old and 3-year-old used run in the house and jump on him on the couch and he'd wrestle with them for hours on end", Tickenhoff said.