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Services set for Glen Cove man who died in the Dominican Republic, brother says

A Glen Cove man who died June 17 in the Dominican Republic will be remembered this week with a visitation and funeral, his brother said. 

Vittorio Caruso, 56, died at a Santo Domingo hospital, said his brother, Frank Caruso.

On the day of his death, officials with the resort where Vittorio Caruso had been staying notified Frank Caruso his brother was having breathing problems and would be taken to a hospital, he said.

Frank Caruso said he called the hospital and was told his brother had died.

“I’m not positive how he died, why he died. My brother was very healthy. He had no heart problems — nothing," said Frank Caruso, 70, of Glen Cove. "We are upset. The only thing we know is all these people died there.”

Dominican Republic authorities are investigating his brother's death, Frank Caruso said. Law enforcement officials there were not available for comment Monday.

The U.S. State Department confirmed the death of a United States citizen this month in the Caribbean country but declined to identify the deceased. 

As of Saturday, 11 American tourists have died there since last year.

The brothers worked in the construction business together, Frank Caruso said. A few years ago, Vittorio Caruso opened up Vittorio’s, a Glen Cove pizzeria, before selling it not long ago, Frank Caruso said.

“He was very generous to everybody," Frank Caruso said. "He tried to help everybody.”

Vittorio Caruso never married. He often traveled to the Dominican Republic and had been in there for about a month before he died, his brother said.

Visitation for Vittorio Caruso will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, and from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home in Glen Cove. A funeral Mass is scheduled for 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at St. Rocco Roman Catholic Church in Glen Cove with burial following at Cemetery of the Holy Rood in Westbury.

With AP

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