WSVN -7 NEWS (Miami) is reporting that a cruise ship returned to South Florida after a tragedy at sea.
A 36 year old passenger aboard the Carnival Liberty cruise ship sailing to St. Thomas was discovered by another passenger unconscious in her cabin. WSVN reports that the passenger received medical attention on the cruise ship, but she was pronounced dead two hours later.
The FBI is investigating the passenger's death and is awaiting the autopsy report. "It could be a possible homicide. It could be some other factor in the death of this individual, but we're still investigating this case at this time," said Harry Rodriguez of the FBI in San Juan.
There have been a number of passenger deaths on Carnival cruise ships in the last year. We previously reported on the death of a Carnival passenger last July aboard Carnival's Elation cruise ship. Robert John McGill was charged with the first-degree murder and kidnapping of his wife, Shirley, who was beaten and strangled in their cabin. Our article is entitled " Prosecutors May Seek Death Penalty In Carnival Cruise Murder Case." In February, a 32 year old female passenger, Kipi Holcomb, was found dead in her cabin aboard Carnival's Ecstasy. The FBI indicated that there was no evidence of foul play and a toxicology report revealed that the pasenger's blood-alcohol level was .27 and she had cocaine in her system.
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November 22 Update:
Passengers are leaving some gruesome comments (below) suggesting that the death involved a homicide. However, the Miami Herald states today:
Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said in a statement that "evidence suggests [the death] was medical related. In respect to the privacy of our guests, we are not able to release specifics on the nature of the medical condition."
November 23 Update:
For additional info, please go to: Death on a Fun Ship: What Really Happened on the Carnival Liberty?