IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.

American tourist dies at Sandals resort in Bahamas after having Covid-related symptoms, police say

An official cause of death is pending for the man, who was believed to be in his 70s and was staying at Sandals Emerald Bay Resort in Great Exuma, police said.
Entrance to the Sandals resort at Sandals Emerald Bay golf course on Jan. 13, 2020 in Great Exuma, Bahamas.
The entrance to the Sandals resort at Sandals Emerald Bay golf course in Great Exuma, Bahamas.Ben Jared / PGA TOUR via Getty Images file

A U.S. tourist was found dead at a Bahamas resort, police announced Tuesday.

The man, who was not publicly identified, is believed to have been in his 70s, and no foul play is suspected, the Royal Bahamas Police Force said.

An autopsy is pending to determine official cause of death. A preliminary investigation indicates the man was experiencing Covid-related symptoms, a police spokeswoman said.

"As a result, he was tested. ... He tested positive," police said in a statement. "Subsequently, he self quarantined."

He was staying at the Sandals Emerald Bay Resort in Great Exuma, police said.

“We can confirm reports coming out of the Bahamas that, sadly, a guest has passed away from apparent natural causes," Sandals Resorts said in a statement to NBC News on Wednesday.

"Bahamian authorities do not suspect any foul play. We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the guest’s family and we remain in close contact to provide support during this difficult time.”

His body will be flown to New Providence for an autopsy.

In May, three U.S. tourists were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning at the same Sandals resort on Exuma. Police determined it to be an isolated incident in a structure that housed two guest rooms.