Parents Die in Hot Tub Before Daughter's Wedding

Husband had a heart attack and wife drowned
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2015 6:00 PM CST
Parents Found Dead in Hot Tub at Daughter's Wedding

A Canadian couple was found dead in a hot tub at a Mexican resort this week just days before their only daughter's wedding, the New York Post reports. According to the Riviera Maya News, 67-year-old Charles MacKenzie and his 63-year-old wife, Dorothy, failed to show up for a family breakfast, and staff discovered their bodies in a whirlpool spa inside their room at the Playacar Palace Hotel in Playa del Carmen. The CBC reports that there were no signs of violence, and autopsies show Charles died of a heart attack and Dorothy of "asphyxia by submersion."

A Mexican official says that suggests the deaths are linked but does not elaborate. The Post and lots of other outlets read between the lines, reporting that the couple was having sex when Charles' heart gave out and his body forced Dorothy underwater. Early reports that the couple was electrocuted by the hot tub have been dismissed, the CBC reports. "All the equipment was working perfectly," says a spokesperson for the hotel. "What the family mentioned was a heart attack." (A French couple fell to their deaths from a castle wall while making love.)

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