A Texas couple died of a mysterious illness while on a recent vacation in Fiji, according to their family.
ABC News and Fort Worth affiliate WFAA report David and Michelle Paul’s family were notified of the couple’s death by a phone call from authorities on Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island, which is located about 1,600 miles north of New Zealand.
A State Department official confirmed their deaths in a statement to the news outlets.
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“We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss. We are closely monitoring local authorities’ investigation into the cause of death,” the statement read. “We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance.”
Although the cause of the Pauls’ deaths remains under investigation, their relatives said early indications point to some type of virus.
“They knew something was going on in their body and were able to get to the hospital,” Michelle’s sister-in-law Tracey Calanog told WFAA.
She described the couple as healthy and physically fit, adding that David was an Air Force veteran. The couple was also raising a two-year-old son together.
Calanog added that their bodies will not be returned to the United States until the cause of death is determined.
USA TODAY has reached out to the U.S. Embassy in Fiji for comment.
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