Melissa Rycroft's Parents Thought She Died in the Dominican Republic
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"We are getting people calling with their condolences."

Melissa Rycroft had a recent scare -- but her parents had a much bigger one.

"The Bachelor" alum recently fell ill during a trip to the Dominican Republic where several people have died... and her mom and dad believed she was one of them.

"There was one report that was out that I was dead," she told ET. "My parents were frantically calling me that morning going, 'We are getting people calling with their condolences.'

'Like, 'Mom, I'm on the phone with you. I'm in my bed'.'"

She added: "I was never under the care of a nurse. I was never dying, I don't think. I felt like it a few times but I was never dying."

She assured fans of the same when she posted on Instagram: "Oh hey. I’m not dead...#fakenews"

On Wednesday, 46-year-old Denver man Khalid Adkins became the 13th American tourist to die in abnormal circumstances in the Caribbean nation in the space of a year.

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Oh hey. I’m not dead...#fakenews

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Tourism has fallen by 74 per cent in the wake of the mysterious deaths according to reports, while some airlines are even allowing passengers to cancel future flights there for free.

Luckily, Melissa announced over the weekend she had made a full recovery, having been struck down with severe stomach cramping, vomiting and low blood pressure during a trip with her husband and their three children.

She underwent several tests in an effort to figure out what the problem was, including for parasites, but so far Melissa has not updated followers on the results.

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