A Middlesex County man who died while on vacation in the Dominican Republic is the eighth U.S. tourist to die in the island nation since last year.

ABC7 Eyewitness News reported Monday 55-year-old Joseph Allen, of the Avenel section of Woodbridge, was found dead in his hotel room last Thursday, June 13.

Allen's sister, Jamie Reed, told ABC reporters that Allen's son, Amir Allen, landed in the island nation to news of his father's death. They had planned to spend Sunday, Father's Day, there together.

When asked for comment on Allen's death, a U.S. Department of State official gave the following statement:

"We are aware of several recent deaths involving U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic. We offer our sincerest condolences to the families on their loss. The U.S. Department of State and our embassies and consulates abroad have no greater responsibility than the protection of U.S. citizens overseas. We are closely monitoring the local authorities’ investigation. We stand ready to provide assistance as requested. Out of respect for family members and loved ones we cannot comment further."

​Earlier this month, authorities in the Dominican Republic say the deaths of a Pennsylvania psychotherapist and an American couple five days later at the same resort appeared to be unrelated incidents. Dominican police were also investigating the deaths of a Maryland couple found at another hotel in the same resort May 30.

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