They became sick after arriving on the tropical island in the South Pacific sometime between May 22 and 25. The cause of the couple’s sudden deaths remains under investigation as their loved ones say the pair, who shared a two-year-old son, were both fit and healthy before the vacation.
David was a veteran of the Air Force and Michelle was a former student athlete, according to the latter’s sister-in-law Tracey Calanog. She said the family received a call informing them of the couple’s rapidly deteriorating health on the day before they were due to fly home.
‘They knew something was going on in their body and were able to get to the hospital,’ Calanog told WFAA.
According to reports, Michelle was the first to die. David was going to be transported to Australia for further treatment, but he died before that could happen. A US Department of State official confirmed the travelers’ deaths and offered condolences to their family.
Family members believe that David and Michelle may have contracted a deadly virus, as the Fiji government had issued warnings about a dangerous flu season in the region.