Christmas Day has not turned out to be a very joyous occasion for family and friends of Dennis Frederick of the Carib Territory, who was found dead in his bed this morning.

There’s shock and disbelief at the suddenness of the death of the St. Cyr resident.

Frederick’s wife, Janet, told Dominica News Online that her husband started vomiting yesterday, some of which contained blood. She said this had never happened before.

According to her, he went to bed last night. However, she slept in a separate room and woke up sometime between three and four this morning to check on him. She told DNO that Frederick’s body was cold and  unresponsive to her touch and she realized then that he was dead.

She said both the police and the ambulance service responded to calls made to them about the incident. The ambulance arrived at about 8.00 o’clock this morning and the body was transported to Princess Margaret Hospital.

It is unclear at this point as to what exactly is responsible for Frederick’s death but it is expected that an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

DNO will continue to seek more information, including an official police report on the matter.