Thursday 29 September 2016

Couple in their sixties found dead in luxury resort's hot tub

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 12/11/2015 | 12:42

The couple were staying in the resort in order to attend their daughter's wedding
Credit: Palace Resorts website
The couple were staying in the resort in order to attend their daughter's wedding Credit: Palace Resorts website
The couple were due to attend their daughter's wedding two days later Credit: Palace Resorts website

A married couple have been found dead in a hotel hot tub.

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Charles Mckenzie (67) and his wife Dorothy (63) were guests at the Playaca Palace hotel in Mexico and were due to attend their daughter's wedding in the coming days.

Tragedy struck when Charles suffered a heart attack and Dorothy subsequently died of asphyxiation by submersion.

The bodies of the couple, who are from Baddeck in Nova Scotia , were discovered on Tuesday morning just two days before their daughter was due to get married.

Mr Mckenzie’s brother-in-law Douglas Hastings told reporters that the priority was to arrange for the repatriation of the couple's bodies back to their native Canada.

"I know that they’re more concerned about the remains and cremation and things like that.

"I don’t really know about the wedding."

Initially it was feared the couple could have been killed by a malfunctioning hot tub, but that was quickly discounted by hotel bosses.

"The room was perfectly fine and all the equipment was working perfectly," a spokesman for the Playaca Palace hotel said.

"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," he said.

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