John Corcoran, the brother of "Shark Tank" star Barbara Corcoran, died in the Dominican Republican previous year, a fact that has some wondering if his death could be related to the recent string of troubling tourist deaths in that country.
Jonathan Corcoran was reportedly found dead in his hotel room by a friend in April. "Barbara would like to respect the privacy of his children and is not releasing any other information at this time".
"My brother had an existing heart condition and we believe he died of natural causes", the "Shark Tank" star said in a statement on Instagram on Thursday.More news: Russian President Putin says US-Russia relations are getting "worse and worse"
The businesswoman described the 60-year-old as her "favorite brother" among her 9 siblings, noting that he had a telegenetic personality and would have been great on TV.
"Barbara says her brother's friend - who was staying in the same suite - discovered the body, but nobody knows exactly what happened", TMZ added.More news: Ola Aina set to join Torino on permanent deal
There have been a number of mysterious deaths of US citizens in the Dominican Republic in recent months, and people are questioning whether John's death is linked. The FBI confirmed to Fox News on Friday it was assisting Dominican authorities in investigating the deaths. At the time, the Dominican Republic National Police said their deaths were likely do to respiratory failure and pulmonary edema.
The cause of death of the sixth tourist has not been revealed. The testing and the FBI's involvement marked the first public indications that officials in the USA and the Dominican Republic have considered the possibility of something other than natural causes.
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. Other tourists have also died under what their families call mysterious circumstance; one Colorado couple has even filed a lawsuit claiming that their hotel in the Dominican Republic poisoned them by improperly spraying insecticide too near to an air conditioner. It was unclear at which resort John was staying. 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.More news: Apple considering acquisition of Intel's 5G modem business