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Tourist Dies From Jellyfish Sting

The Associated Press
Sunday, April 14, 2002; 11:05 PM

TOWNSVILLE, Australia –– An American tourist stung by a jellyfish while snorkeling off Australia's northeast coast has died, his partner said Monday.

Robert King, 44, from Columbus, Ohio, was stung late last month while snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef.

King died Friday afternoon in the Townsville Hospital, his partner Michele Carlson said Monday.

Tests revealed the jellyfish to be a previously unknown species likely related to the deadly box jellyfish that infests Australia's northern coastal waters each Southern Hemisphere summer.

King is believed to have developed irukandji syndrome from the sting, causing a rapid rise in blood pressure and a cerebral hemorrhage.

"I had warned Bob of the deadly creatures in Australia," Carlson said in a statement. "We had joked in an e-mail recently about the poisonous snakes and ... jellyfish."

King's death came less than three months after British tourist Richard Jordan became the first person on record in Australia to die from irukandji syndrome after he was stung.

© 2002 The Associated Press

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