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American woman died aboard MS Veendam

US cruise passenger dies in Rio de Janeiro

Nov 23, 2011

An American woman died aboard a cruise ship that docked at Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, the same ship on which 86 passengers previously fell ill, according to the state-run Brazilian news agency, Agencia Brasil.

The American tourist died aboard the MS Veendam, owned by cruise operator Holland America. Federal Police told Agencia Brasil that forensic doctors were investigating her death.

The ship's doctors told police that the woman was elderly and suffered from diabetes and hypertension, according the agency.

The other passengers came down with diarrhea prior to her death during an earlier part of the trip, the ship's doctors said.

The Veendam left New York 36 days ago for a South America tour.

US cruise passenger dies in Rio de Janeiro
MS Veendam / Image via

Source: CNN

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