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Nova Scotia man dies at all-inclusive resort in Dominican Republic

Mark Winchester is seen in this undated photograph. Submitted

A 42-year-old man from Truro, N.S, has died at a resort in the Dominican Republic, his family has confirmed to Global News

Mark Winchester died after suffering a head injury early Wednesday morning at a resort just outside Puerto Plata, according to his brother Donnie.

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“It all seems surreal to me,” Donnie said in a phone interview Wednesday. “He was happy-go-lucky, fun-loving, enjoyed life. Nothing really got him upset.

Mark was vacationing with his wife and another couple at the Iberostar resort in Costa Dorada. Donnie says they arrived at the all-inclusive resort late Monday night and planned to be there for a week.

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Mark Winchester was vacationing with his wife in the Dominican Republic when he died. Submitted

Donnie says he was told that Mark was found at the bottom of a set of stairs just after 1 a.m. with an injury to the back of his head.

He was sent to hospital and was in surgery for over four hours, but was later pronounced dead.

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Donnie says security staff at the resort believe he fell down the stairs.

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“I don’t know if he tripped up the second flight of stairs on the last stair or if he fell off the top from the third flight, or if he fell backwards,” said Donnie. “I don’t know.”

At the time of publication, Mark’s wife remains in the Dominican Republic and is deciding whether Mark will be cremated or if his body will be flown back to Canada.

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Mark was originally from Saint John but later moved to Truro and started a conveyor belt business. He’s survived by his wife, son, two siblings and three stepchildren.

“He loved his wife, he loved his step-children, he loved his older child,” said Donnie.

In a statement to Global News, tourist police in Dominican Republic confirmed that Mark Winchester died of head trauma.

“The circumstances surrounding his death are being investigated by the national police force,” the statement, which has been translated from Spanish, reads. “He was transported to hospital where he died.”

Police added that Winchester was “in a state of inebriation” when he died and that the investigation into the circumstances of his death is continuing.
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Global News has reached out to Global Affairs Canada and is awaiting comment.

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