Barbara Corcoran's brother found dead at Dominican Republic resort

Nathaniel Holmes and Cynthia Day at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana

Nathaniel Holmes and Cynthia Day at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana

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 USA tourists visiting the vacation hot spot.

According to TMZ, John, who visited the Dominican Republic frequently, was waiting for his girlfriend to join him on the vacation when a friend discovered his body in a hotel suite.

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.

Emily Burke, an assistant to Corcoran, confirmed the real estate powerbroker's brother's death to Fox News. Several had alcoholic drinks shortly before their deaths. However, Corcoran's family reports that his death is not related to the other incidents.

The brother of a "Shark Tank" star was among the spate of recent American deaths in the Dominican Republic. 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. "Dominican authorities cited almost identical conditions, including pulmonary edema - where the lungs fill with fluid - for several of them".

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The FBI is doing toxicology analysis, NPR says. An attorney representing them has vowed to have an autopsy conducted in the United States. 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.

TMZ reported six US tourists have been found dead since June 2018 - two at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, and four at various Bahia Principe resorts.

Like John's case, three of these deaths were reportedly due to heart attacks.

On Sunday, Fox News learned that a California man, Robert Bell Wallace, died in his room in April after he fell critically ill at the all-inclusive Hard Rock resort in Punta Cana. He and his friend were staying at a "private home" that had no mini bar or "malfunctioning" air conditioning units, she told People.

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