A fund has been established through a local arts foundation in Massachusetts to honor the life of Jaquelyn “Jackie” A. Kastrinelis, the 24-year-old cruise ship performing artist who died unexpectedly over the weekend while onboard a cruise ship docked in northern Australia.
The Kastrinelis family, who have remained in seclusion in their Groveland, MA home following the tragedy, have greatly appreciated the support they have received following Jaquelyn’s death. In lieu of flowers and other tokens of remembrance, the family has asked those that wish to honor Jaquelyn to make a contribution to the Jaquelyn Kastrinelis Fund for the Performing Arts, in care of The Pentucket Arts Foundation, P.O. Box 254, West Newbury 01985. The fund will be used to support the many artistic organizations and endeavors that were special to Kastrinelis during her years at Pentucket.
Kastrinelis was found dead in her cabin on Sunday morning. She was the lead vocalist for Regent Cruise line’s luxury ship Seven Seas Voyager and has worked onboard other Regent vessels as well. Kastrinelis was scheduled to workout at the vessel’s gymnasium, but when she didn’t show, her co-workers began to worry and someone was sent to her cabin to check up on her. Her body was then discovered in her cabin, but the cruise ship death remains a mystery.
Authorities say Kastrinelis suffered a head injury accident during a rehearsal, but was examined by the ship’s doctor and given medicine. It is unknown as of yet whether the head injury was connected to her untimely death.
Kastrinelis dedicated her life to the performing arts. She was a member of Pentucket’s Fine and Performing Arts program, participated in various music programs in high school and was a committed actor in the Pentucket theater program. She pursued her dream career in musical theater while attending the University of Hartford and had been working as a performer for Regent Cruise line since 2011.
Jackie Kastrinelis has always been a supporter of the nonprofit Pentucket Arts Foundation, participating in events when her schedule permitted. Now, her family is also supporting the foundation and its mission to improve the arts and education programs across the communities in the Pentucket School District.
The fund serves as an honor Kastrinelis’ memory as well as her love and passion for the arts and her community.
Our prayers and thoughts are with Kastrinelis’ family during these difficult times.
Unfortunately, Kastrinelis isn’t the only cruise ship crewmember to have died mysteriously onboard a vessel. Our crewmember accident lawyers have represented countless accident and injury victims, many of which were not properly treated or diagnosed by the ships’ doctors nor transported to a medical facility for further care.
Cruise line companies have a responsibility to reasonably protect their crewmembers – and passengers – and when a worker becomes ill or injured, everything must be done – within reason – to help them obtain the proper treatment. If not, then the cruise line company may be found at least partially responsible for any ensuing complications or death.
If you or someone you love was hurt or killed while in the service of a cruise ship, contact our attorneys here at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. today to discuss your options in filing a case and protecting your rights.
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