A Canadian couple died while having sex in a hot tub after the husband had a heart attack and then inadvertently squashed and drowned his wife.
Even more heart-breaking, the couple, who were both in their 60s, were only at the Mexican hotel because of their daughter’s wedding. The tragic incident unfolded just two days before their 35-year-old daughter was due to exchange vows.
Sixty-seven-year-old Charles McKenzie and his 63-year-old wife, Dorothy, were staying at the Playacar Palace hotel in Playa del Carmen ahead of their daughter’s wedding and were looking to enjoy their holiday in the days before the service. They were staying on the fourth floor at the Playacar Palace Hotel.
Charles McKenzie and Dorothy McKenzie, who were from Baddeck, Nova Scotia, were found dead in the hot tub at the hotel in Mexico on Tuesday morning at around 10 a.m. local time. It’s since been confirmed that their bodies were found by their daughter, who immediately contacted the authorities.
Originally, there were concerns that Charles and Dorothy had died as a result of a hot tub malfunction, with speculation amassing that it could have been due to an electrical fault with the hot tub. However, bosses at Playacar Palace hotel were quick to rule that out after an autopsy for Mr. McKenzie confirmed that he’d suffered a heart attack.
A Playacar Palace hotel spokesman revealed, “The room was perfectly fine. All the equipment was working perfectly. What the family mentioned was a heart attack. We are treating them as our own family. All the group is very calm, in the best way they can be.”
An autopsy by authorities on Mrs. McKenzie have since confirmed that Dorothy died due to “asphyxiation by submersion,” which occurred moments after Charles had suffered a fatal heart attack in the hotel hot tub.
Police officials have since revealed that the couple are believed to have died in the early hours of the morning or either late in the night before. Officers have also confirmed that there were no signs of a break-in or forced entry, and there was also no sign of disorder in the hotel room.
An official from the prosecutor’s office in Quintana Roo, the Mexican state, confirmed to the Toronto Sun that Charles and Dorothy McKenzie’s bodies were found inside the whirlpool spa. The official was unable to provide their names because she wasn’t allowed to speak publicly about the investigation.
She then added that even though the deaths were both accidental and linked, the current theory being worked on by authorities is that the man’s heart attack somehow led to the woman drowning.
Douglas Hastings, who is the brother-in-law of Charles McKenzie, told Canadian reporters, via the Mirror, that plans for the wedding have now been put on hold, and that the focus has turned to the funerals.
Hastings explained, “I know that they’re more concerned about the remains and cremation and things like that. I don’t really know about the wedding.”
The wedding was scheduled to take place today, Thursday, November 12. The Daily Mail have since added that consular officials are planning to help the couple’s loved ones try and deal with the tragedy. The couple’s family are still staying at the hotel during this time.
The deaths of two Canadians has also been confirmed by Francois Lasalie, a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs, who explained, “Canadian consular officials in Playa del Carmen, Mexico are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information.”
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