Brother Of ‘Shark Tank’ Star Died During Vacation To The Dominican Republic

Brenda Watkins
June 14, 2019

Retired New Jersey businessman Jonathan Corcoran, brother of ABC-TV's "Shark Tank" judge Barbra Corcoran, has been the seventh confirmed death in a Dominican Republic hotel room, the latest in a string of mysterious fatal incidents with US tourists visiting the vacation hot spot.

His friend is who discovered the body, reports TMZ. "Barbara would like to respect the privacy of his children and is not releasing any other information at this time". Three of the incidents were said to be due to heart attacks, but one also listed pulmonary edema on the death certificate.

Corcoran tells media she does not believe an autopsy has been performed.

But John Corcoran's daughter, Nicole Lande, said the family is sure there was nothing suspicious about her father's death. It is not yet known which hotel he was staying in.

The U.S. State Department told Fox News: "We can confirm the death of a U.S. citizen in April 2019 in the Dominican Republic". The testing and the FBI's involvement marked the first public indications that officials in the US and the Dominican Republic have considered the possibility of something other than natural causes.

But other family members soon came forward to stress that his death appeared to be from natural causes and was unrelated to the other deaths.

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However, the FBI has launched a joint investigation with local authorities in the Dominican Republic, NPR reported Wednesday .

Barbara Corcoran, left, with her "Shark Tank" co-stars Kevin O'Leary and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

In the three most recent deaths, the victims' lungs filled with fluid and they died of respiratory failure.

In late May, a recently engaged Maryland couple, Edward Holmes and Cynthia Day, were found dead in their room on the day they were supposed to return from their vacation. It is unclear at which resort John was staying.

At least two of the tourist died after drinking from their hotel room minibars; a California man and a tourist from Pennsylvania, the New York Post said. Relatives of Yvette Monique Sport, 51, told Fox 29 Philadelphia she was visiting the popular tourist spot last June, had a drink, later went to bed, and never woke up.

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