A cruise ship singer mystery case has taken an odd turn after police ruled out foul play in the death of performer Jackie Kastrinelis but still are no closer to finding out what killed her.
The 24-year-old cruise ship singer was found dead aboard the Regent Seven Seas Voyager when the ship docked in Australia on Sunday morning. Authorities say she was not killed, but don’t know exactly why the young singer was found dead in her cabin.
“Everyone’s just completely shocked,” said Ben Wilcox, a friend who attended the University of Hartford with Kastrinelis, told Good Morning America.
The cruise ship singer’s family is now flying to Australia, where investigators will perform an autopsy and toxicology tests to learn more about her death.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises has been working with investigators, and expressed condolences to the family of the young singer.
“The Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ family is deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Jackie,” the Miami-based luxury cruise line said in a statement. “Our hearts and prayers go out to her family and loved ones.”
Friends remembered her as a popular singer, who was an immediate hit after joining the cruise line in 2011. Jackie Kastrinelis was also remembered at the University of Hartford, where she was involved in the on-campus television station.
Investigators say the cruise ship singer mystery might hinge on a head injury Jackie Kastrinelis suffered during a rehearsal on Saturday night, Cruise Law News reported. Doctors told Kastrinelis to go to bed after the injury, which was treated with medication.