'Shark Tank' star's brother died in the Dominican Republic

Eighth Suspicious American Death in Dominican Republic Reported—Barbara Corcoran’s Brother

The brother of Barbara Corcoran, star on "Shark Tank" was found dead in his hotel room in the Dominican Republic, TMZ reported Wednesday, June 12. TMZ said no one knows exactly what led to his death, though Corcoran told the outlet that she was told he had a heart attack. He was said to be Barbara Corcoran's favorite of her nine siblings, a larger-than-life personality who was always the life of the party. Corcoran said the friend, who was sharing the suite with her brother, found his body.

Seven deaths of tourists in the Dominican Republic recently have raised the concern of many.

While the country's tourism minister, Francisco Javier García, told the New York Times that the deaths are "isolated incidents" and insisted that the island was safe for tourists, the families of the victims have said their loved ones were healthy and showed so signs of sickness or did not suffer from heart conditions before their deaths.

"My brother had an existing heart condition and we believe he died of natural causes, but you're still never ready for the death of a loved one", she continued.


The news of his death comes as teams of experts and inspectors from several global agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conduct tests at the Bahia Principe properties where some of USA tourists died. It is not yet known which hotel he was staying in. The circumstances resemble the deaths of six other US tourists in the resort destination, according to TMZ.

A newly engaged couple from Maryland were found dead in the room in May, with the cause of death listed as respiratory failure and pulmonary edema. Regardless, both Dominican authorities and the FBI are investigating the deaths.

The report noted that the "FBI's involvement has marked the first public indications that officials in the USA and the Dominican Republic have considered the possibility of something other than natural causes".

"John Corcoran passed away at the end of April in the DR from what is believed to be natural causes", Barbara Corcoran's assistant Emily Burke told Fox News. "I appreciate your love and kindness", she said. It was unclear at which resort John was staying. Two Americans died at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana while four have died at various Bahia Principe resorts.

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