‘Bachelor’ Star Melissa Rycroft Gets Sick While on Vacation in Dominican Republic

June 19, 2019 Updated: June 19, 2019

Count “The Bachelor” star Melissa Rycroft among those who have gotten sick while vacationing in the Dominican Republic.

Rycroft, also known for a stint on “Dancing With the Stars,” was on vacation recently with her family in the Caribbean country.

Sources told the New York Post that Rycroft got “really sick” while there.

Rycroft added through a representative that she “has had major stomach issues since returning from the Dominican Republic.”

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“She got an upset stomach on the second day of vacation, but it passed. Once they came home, she got severe cramping,” the representative said. “It has lasted for over a week, and she’s currently getting tested for possible parasites and any other infections.”

Rycroft became ill but none of her family members did.

“She’s assuming it’s something foodborne, but no one else in her family is ill,” the representative said.

According to pictures posted by Rycroft on Instagram, the family of five was staying at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana.

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In one post, Rycroft wrote that her family “made memories for a lifetime!”

But another showed her sitting in a waiting room at a doctor’s office, looking under the weather.

“After a really rough week, I have been put on a liquid diet, and given meds for my severe cramping,” she wrote to her followers.

“Fingers crossed this goes away in 3 days—doc says next step is a Parasite test if it doesn’t.”

In the previous post, she said she was “not feeling well today.”

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Not feeling well today, so puppy cuddles help since my kiddos don’t seem to care….

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The Dominican Republic has come under fire recently after a series of American tourist deaths. Others survived traveling there but returned home violently ill.

Another celebrity has been affected by what’s happening. Barbara Corcoran, known for being an investor on “Shark Tank,” said that her brother, John, 60, died while in the country in April.

Corcoran told TMZ that John was in the country with a friend and that officials there said his cause of death was a heart attack but she still hasn’t seen documents and doesn’t know if an autopsy was done.

John’s friend found the body but does not know what happened, Corcoran added.

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Corcoran later took to Instagram to say she was “overwhelmed with sadness” about the loss.

“He loved the DR and vacationed there frequently. My brother had an existing heart condition and we believe he died of natural causes, but you’re still never ready for the death of a loved one,” Corcoran said in a post on Instagram.

Corcoran and John were from a family with 10 children, a childhood the TV personality lauded on her social media before her brother’s death.

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