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Traveler dies in cruise ship spa during Alaska visit

Casey Grove

A Kenyan woman on a cruise to Alaska died in the ship's spa Tuesday, according to Alaska State Troopers.

The woman, 66-year-old Nairobi resident Jasumati Vithalani, was unresponsive when a member of his family found him in a steam room at 5:24 p.m. Tuesday, troopers said in a written statement. They were aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's ship, the Norwegian Jewel, between Juneau and Skagway, troopers said.

Vithalani was not breathing and had no pulse when the ship's medical staff arrived, so they did not try to revive her, troopers said.

A cruise line doctor pronounced Vithalani dead at 5:47 p.m., troopers said.

"No foul play is suspected and the State Medical Examiner did not request an autopsy," the troopers statement says.

Vithalani's body was released to family and is heading to Seattle on the cruise ship, troopers said.

Note: In an earlier version of this story we reported erroneously that the victim was male. Jasumati Vithalani is a woman.


By CASEY GROVE
casey.grove@adn.com