The AP is reporting that a second person has died after arriving in Cozumel on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas cruise ship last Friday, February 4, 2011. We previously reported on the death of Royal Caribbean crew member, Monika Markiewicz, whose body was recovered Saturday from the sea off of Cozumel and is believed to be the victim of foul play. The AP reports that a 24-year-old American tourist died Monday in a Cancun hospital from internal bleeding "after ingesting a safety pin that punctured her organs." The state prosecutor in Quintana Roo, where both Cancun and Cozumel are located, apparently released two different names for the woman neither of which were released by the AP. The prosecutor also released information regarding the dead woman's medical history and autopsy findings indicating that she "suffered from diabetes, had a brain tumor and was taking anti-anxiety medication." A patient apparently has no medical privacy rights in Mexico. The passenger's death is apparently completely unrelated to the death of crew member Ms. Markiewicz. We have reported on six deaths of Royal Caribbean passengers and crew members in the last 10 days.
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