John Corcoran, a retired businessman and brother of ABC-TV “Shark Tank” star Barbara Corcoran, was found dead in April in the Dominican Republic.
However, Corcoran says her brother, John Corcoran, who is from New Jersey, had an existing heart condition, and she believes he died of natural causes.
Corcoran went on to express heartbreak over her brother's death and others who had lost someone in the Dominican Republic. “I’m overwhelmed with sadness for the lost lives in the DR and my thoughts are with the families who have lost their loved ones. Thank you for all your thoughts and good wishes. I appreciate your love and kindness.”
John Corcoran's death comes at a time where the Dominican Republic has been negatively thrust into the spotlight due to multiple deaths at hotels and a shooting.
Robert Bell Wallace, 67, he became ill and urinated blood after he consumed one whisky from his hotel room minibar at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana. He died three days later on April 17th.
Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, from Pennsylvania, died on May 25 after she had a drink from her minibar at the Bahia Principe La Romana.
Five days later a couple from Maryland, Edward Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Day, 49, were both found dead in their hotel room at the same resort.
Retired Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, was shot and wounded at a club in his hometown of Santo Domingo on Sunday, is now recovering in Boston.
The FBI is currently investigating the deaths of three Americans who died at Bahia Principe resorts over five days in May.
André Van Der Horst, the tourism adviser to the Dominican Republic,told the Washington Post that all of the incidents are unrelated but “coincided in timing,” and that the country is working with crisis management to decide how to move forward.
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