Woman who plunged to death from upper deck of Princess ship identified

The 52-year-old American woman who plunged to her death last week from an upper deck of a Princess Cruises ship has been identified as Almarosa Tenorio of Alabama, ABC News is reporting. 

The news outlet Monday cited a statement from the woman’s brother, Tony Rodriguez. 

“Almarosa was a very loving daughter, sister, mom and grandmother with a good heart,” Rodriguez said, according to ABC News. “Her passion was teaching and working with children … she will be missed by all that knew her.”

ABC News also reported that Tenorio’s death had been ruled unnatural by authorities in Aruba, where it is being investigated, but the cause of the death remains under investigation. 

Tenorio lived with her son, a University of South Alabama student, according to a GoFundMe campaign that has been set up for the son and a daughter who is studying at the University of Southern California.

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A photo at Tenorio’s Facebook page shows her posing on a cruise ship deck.  

The FBI last week joined local authorities in Aruba in investigating Tenorio’s death, which occurred Tuesday on the 3,600-passenger Royal Princess. 

Aruba Public Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson Ann Angela on Friday told USA TODAY the U.S. agency is working with local authorities to determine if a crime was committed.

Aruba is involved in the investigation because the ship was sailing to the island at the time of the incident. Aruba police and forensics technicians boarded the vessel Tuesday after it arrived in Aruba, just hours after the incident occurred. 

Some news outlets in Aruba last week said the death was being probed as a possible murder.

A spokesperson for Princess Cruises on Monday told USA TODAY the company had nothing new to share on the woman’s death.

In a brief statement last week, Princess confirmed a 52-year-old American woman died on Royal Princess early Tuesday as it was en route to Aruba but did not discuss details of the incident.

“We are deeply saddened by this incident and offer our sincere condolences to the family and those affected,” the statement said. 

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