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Rick Springfield canceled his Dominican Republic concert, citing concerns over fans' well-being

Posted: 2:54 PM, Jul 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-01 14:54:07-04
Rick Springfield canceled his Dominican Republic concert, citing concerns over fans' well-being

Rock musician Rick Springfield canceled his show in the Dominican Republic, citing concerns over the well-being of his fans.

The announcement comes after rising safety concerns in the Dominican Republic, as at least 10 American citizens have died while in the country in the last year. More are saying they became sick while they were visiting, and this week Sen. Chuck Schumer called for a federal investigation.

And though statistics show that Americans are more likely to be killed in the US than in the Dominican, many people are still alarmed.

"While this decision has not been easy, the safety and well-being of our amazing fans, band and crew will always be the most important consideration in any situation. Sending our love and best wishes to all of our friends in the Dominican Republic," Springfield said in a statement on his website.

The concert, supposed to be a "fan-getaway" for five days in November, has been rescheduled for 2020 at the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun.

The new dates have not yet been released, but fans can receive a full refund if they choose.

The deaths

Vittorio Caruso, 56

Family members said Caruso, of Glen Cove, Long Island, suddenly became ill and died on June 17 while vacationing in the Dominican Republic. Caruso's sister-in-law, Lisa Maria Caruso, told News 12 Long Island that Vittorio Caruso died after suffering respiratory distress and possibly a heart attack.

The family received a phone call saying Caruso was sick, she said. Minutes later, they received a second call telling them he had died, CNN affiliate News 12 Long Island reported. According to Lisa Maria Caruso, her brother-in-law was enjoying part of his retirement in the Dominican Republic after he sold a Glen Cove pizza shop he'd owned with his brother for the past 12 years.

Joseph Allen, 55

Allen, 55 of New Jersey, died June 13 at the Terra Linda resort in Sosua, Dominican Republic, his sister Jaimie Reed told CNN.

Reed said her brother had not been feeling well when he was with friends at the hotel pool. Reed said the friends told her he showered and went out that night, despite the fact that he still wasn't feeling well. The next morning, he failed to meet up with friends. When hotel staff checked his room, they found him dead.

Jason Allen, the man's brother, wrote in a letter that Joseph Allen's son Amir arrived in the DR only a few hours after Allen's body was found. The father and son were planning on spending Father's Day together.

Allen's family is seeking to have his body returned to the US to undergo an autopsy back home.

Leyla Cox, 53

Cox, of New York City, died in her hotel room at the Excellence Resorts in Punta Cana on June 10. The hotel gave the cause of death as heart attack, citing a forensics report. CNN has not independently confirmed the contents of the report. Cox's son expressed doubts over the hotel's claims about his mother's cause of death, saying he did not believe she died from "natural causes."

"I truly believe if she was anywhere else in the world besides the Dominican Republic she'd be alive right now," Will Cox told CNN affiliate WCBS .

Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Day, 49

The Maryland couple missed their scheduled checkout time at the Grand Bahia Principe in La Romana on May 30. When hotel employees checked them, they were dead, police said. Both Holmes and Day had internal bleeding, including in their pancreases, according to Dominican authorities. Holmes had an enlarged heart and cirrhosis of the liver -- both signs of significant pre-existing disease, the Dominican authorities said, and Day also had fluid in her brain. Both also had fluid in their lungs, Attorney General Jean Alain Rodriguez Sanchez's office said in a statement. Authorities said they won't provide more details on the cause of death until toxicology results are completed.

Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41

Schaup-Werner of Whitehall township, Pennsylvania, checked into the Bahia Principe resort in La Romana -- the same hotel where Holmes and Day died -- on May 25. She excitedly took pictures in the room she shared with her husband, Dan Werner. They were celebrating a wedding anniversary. She had a drink from the minibar and suddenly felt ill, family spokesman Jay McDonald told CNN affiliate WFMZ. Shortly afterward, she collapsed and died. Schaup-Werner suffered a heart attack, pulmonary edema and respiratory failure, according to a preliminary autopsy cited by the Attorney General's Office of the Dominican Republic. Toxicology results are pending and the death remains under investigation.

John Corcoran

Corcoran, the brother of "Shark Tank" TV star Barbara Corcoran, died at the end of April in his hotel room in the Dominican Republic, according to a statement from his sister. "He passed away from what is believed to be natural causes," the statement said. "He loved and frequently visited the Dominican Republic."

Robert Wallace, 67

Wallace, 67, a resident of Turlock, California, died after becoming ill at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana on April 12, relatives told CNN affiliate KTXL . More than two dozen members of his family were in the Dominican Republic for a wedding. Tommy Tickenhoff, his son in law, told the station that Wallace became sick after drinking scotch from a minibar.

David Harrison, 45

Harrison, 45, of Brandywine, Maryland, died at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana in July 2018, according to his wife, Dawn McCoy. They were celebrating an anniversary. She said her husband returned from a snorkeling excursion one day earlier and he said he wasn't feeling well. Early the next morning, she said, he was sweating and unable to get up before he died. The cause of death was listed as a heart attack and pulmonary edema by local authorities.

Yvette Monique Sport

Yvette Monique Sport died in June 2018 at the Bahia Principe in Punta Cana, her sister, Felecia Nieves, told CNN. She had traveled there with a group of friends, her first vacation in eight years. Sport, a resident of Pennsylvania, took a shower and went to bed after having drinks with her fiance, Nieves said. Sport also had a drink from the minibar, she said. Her fiance heard her make "a gurgling sound" in her sleep, Nieves said. The next morning, Nieves said he discovered that she was dead. The family is still awaiting toxicology reports. The US State Department confirmed the death.