Mystery Shrouds Texan Couple Who Died From Unknown Illness in Fiji

Grant Boone
June 5, 2019

Relatives of David and Michelle Paul were shocked Monday when authorities in Fiji called them to relay news of the couple's tragic passing.

The couple died over the Memorial Day weekend, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

The family of an American woman who died in Fiji days before her husband after going to hospital with a mystery sickness have revealed that she complained about having numb hands before she died.

Unfortunately, it was too late, as Michelle and David both succumbed to the illness they had contracted on the South Pacific island - one so aggressive and deadly that it managed to debilitate two healthy, fit, and young individuals.

The Ministry is also working with the Police Force's forensics department, the World Health Organisation and the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention on determining the cause of death.

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Michelle was the first to die.

Calanog said the cause of death must be determined before the bodies are returned to the USA, and if an infectious illness is found to be the cause, their bodies will have to be cremated. David was going to be transported to Australia for further treatment, but he died before that could happen.

The U.S. Embassy in Fiji would not comment on the deaths but confirmed the Fijian government had issued a warning about a risky flu season that was affecting the region. "At this point, we are not aware of any specific public-health threat to the community". "Very hard", said Calanog.

A U.S. Department of State official has expressed its condolences to the surviving family members and are waiting for an outcome to the investigation into the couple's deaths.

"We were literally just calling places on a hope and a prayer ... we are incredibly grateful for everyone that came together and helped locate Zooey", she said, according to ABC 7. If it is, she said their bodies will have to be cremated.

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