Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo was enjoying a family vacation in the Dominican Republic when he learned the hotel he was staying at was the site of a mysterious death — one of several recent casualties involving U.S. tourists in the Caribbean country’s resorts.
So the Argentine soccer star, who had been posting photos of his vacation on social media this week, decided to check out of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana and take his family elsewhere, British newspaper The Sun reported late Tuesday night.
It was at that same hotel that a U.S. tourist died in April and another died last summer. The U.S. Department of State would not name the man who died in April, but an obituary on Legacy.com states a 67-year-old California man “passed unexpectedly while vacationing” in the Dominican Republic that month.
The trio — Pennsylvania resident Miranda Schaupp-Werner, 41, and Maryland couple Edward Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Day, 49 — died within five days in the same Bahia Principe resort complex in La Romana last month.
Rojo, 29, had gone on a two-day fishing trip and was unaware of the most recent deaths, The Sun reported. The footballer has been with Manchester United since 2014.
The Sun report comes just days after another well-known athlete makes headlines in the Dominican Republic. Retired Red Sox star David Ortiz is recovering from two surgeries after being shot in the back at a Santo Domingo nightclub Sunday night.