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Brother of Shark Tank Star Barbara Corcoran Dies in the Dominican Republic

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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.

"It’s made it to the news by now that my dear brother John passed away in the Dominican Republic back in April. He loved the DR and vacationed there frequently. 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."

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.”

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A representative for Corcoran confirmed to USA Today that his death was not like the others. 

"He was not staying at a hotel and had an existing heart condition. John loved and frequently visited the Dominican"

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.


David Ortiz Shot in Domincan
David Ortiz was shot in the Dominican Republic: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

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.

"All visitors are very important to us. The Ministry’s most important responsibilities are to ensure that the highest industry standards are met so that all tourists are safe when visiting. At the same time, it must also work to provide a definitive answer to the afflicted families."

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