61-year-old Filipino housekeeper Basilisa Tagget-Smith was found unconscious in a room at Bally’s Hotel in Las Vegas on Sunday. She was rushed to a nearby hospital and was pronounced dead.
The police initially considered Pinay’s death suspicious. A day after the incident, police even released a video of a person of interest in his case. But after a few days of confusion, her son Lemuel Tagget told ABS-CBN News he spoke to police on Thursday morning and got clarification. Her mother died of natural causes.
“Hindi siya pinatay ng ibang kriminal. Nagstroke lang sya sa pinagtatrabahuan niya. Natumba, nabagok ang ulo nya. Nagkabukol. May dugo doon sa pader na natumbahan nya (She was not killed by a criminal. She had a stroke brain at her workplace. She fell, hit her head, had a lump. There was blood on the wall where she fell), “Lemuel said.
Tagget-Smith, who immigrated from Bohol, Philippines, to the United States in 1987, worked at Bally’s for more than three decades. Her death is the second tragic loss in the family in recent months, as her other son Reggie was involved in a murder-suicide in the parking lot of the Wynn Resort last March. Authorities say the 42-year-old killed a security guard before turning the gun on him. Meanwhile, funeral arrangements for Tagget-Smith are still being finalized by the family.
Basilisa Tagget-Smith, Pinay Housekeeper, Filipino Overseas Worker, Las Vegas, TFC News