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Groveland woman dies while working on cruise ship

A 24-year-old Groveland woman has died on a cruise ship sailing off the coast of ­Australia, where she was the lead singer in the onboard show, and her death is not considered suspicious, say Australian authorities, the cruise line, and published reports.

The body of the woman, Jackie Kastrinelis, was found in her cabin on the Regent Cruise Lines’ Seven Seas Voyager when it docked in Darwin, Australia, Sunday. Australian officials initially treated her cabin asa crime scene, but declared in a statement Monday that they do not think Kastrinelis was the victim of a crime.

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“The Crime Division is no longer treating the death as suspicious,’’ Detective Superintendent James O’Brien said in the statement posted on the Northern Territory Police Web page. “Further toxicology results will be analyzed in due course to deter­mine the exact cause of death.’’

Kastrinelis’s relatives, reached by phone Monday, said they were overwhelmed, and they declined to comment.

According to the NT News in Australia, Kastrinelis was the lead singer for a 12-member company of performers working for Jean Ann Ryan Productions, a Florida-based company that provides entertainers for cruise ships and other venues.

Jean Ann Ryan told the ­Australian news outlet that Kastrinelis started working for her in 2011. Ryan called her a “great singer’’ whose death had shocked her fellow cast members. Ryan said Kastrinelis was a “ray of sunshine, a life force, and a beautiful person. . . . She loved performing. She was a great singer.”

The cruise line confirmed Kastrinelis’s death but declined to identify her by name.

Kastrinelis, after graduation from Pentucket Regional High School in West Newbury, ­attended the University of ­Hartford.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@
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