Cathy Huynh a Canadian tourist has died in Vietnam, the Foreign Affairs department confirmed Saturday.
The department declined to identify the individual. But a spokesman said from Ottawa that Canadian consular officials in Ho Chi Minh City are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information and are providing consular assistance to the family.
However a Vietnamese website reports Cathy Huynh, 26, a Canadian citizen of Vietnamese origin, went into shock on Wednesday and died after suffering cardiac arrest early Thursday morning.
Huynh had taken Karin Joy Bowerman, a 27-year-old American woman, to the Khanh Hoa Province Hospital on July 30 where Bowerman died later that night after suffering from respiratory failure, the Tuoitrenews website reported.
Doctors have not determined the cause of the women’s death, according to Dr Nguyen Van Xang, of Khanh Hoa Province General Hospital.
The two women had shared a hotel room in the beach side city of Nha Trang, and food poisoning is suspected in the deaths, it reported.
The newspaper says authorities coordinated with the U.S. consulate general in Vietnam to complete an autopsy on Bowerman. She has been cremated and her ashes have been sent back to the U.S.
The paper says Huynh’s family want to have her body shipped back to Canada. Her friends and family have set up a web page to raise money to return her body to Canada.
In June, Audrey and Noemi Belanger, aged 20 and 25, two sisters from eastern Quebec, were found dead in their hotel room on Phi Phi Island in Thailand under mysterious circumstances.
Results from the preliminary autopsies conducted in Thailand did not reveal how they died and said only that no traces of drugs were found in their bodies.
Quebec’s coroner conducted a second autopsy, results of which are still unknown.
Thai authorities said there were no signs of violence in the room, but they said there was vomit on the floor and other signs the women were poisoned.