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Barbara Corcoran's brother found dead at Dominican Republic resort

Barbara Corcoran's brother found dead at Dominican Republic resort

John Corcoran, the brother of "Shark Tank" star Barbara Corcoran, died in the Dominican Republican a year ago, a fact that has some wondering if his death could be related to the recent string of troubling tourist deaths in that country.

Corcoran told TMZ John was retired, but owned a successful roofing company in New Jersey. At the time, John was waiting for his girlfriend to arrive, the outlet said.

According to TMZ, Corcoran said her brother, John, traveled to D.R. with a friend in April.

But Corcoran on Thursday sought to clarify any confusion about the nature of John's death, adding: "He loved the DR and vacationed there frequently".

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 news of his death comes as teams of experts and inspectors from several global agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conduct tests at the Bahia Principe properties where some of USA tourists died.

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The cause of death of the sixth tourist has not been revealed. "Dominican authorities cited almost identical conditions, including pulmonary edema - where the lungs fill with fluid - for several of them".

The report noted that the "FBI's involvement has 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.

According to the publication, since June 2018, six US tourists have been found dead in the country, two at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana and four at the Bahia Principe resorts. The FBI confirmed to Fox News on Friday it was assisting Dominican authorities in investigating the deaths.

Jonathan Corcoran, 60, was found in a Dominican Republic hotel room, having died of an apparent heart attack. Her death certificate said her official cause of death was a heart attack.

Another tourist, 41-year-old Miranda Schaup-Werner, died just last month after drinking from the mini bar at her hotel, according to the New York Post. One of the more unsettling theories is poisoning, due to the fact that two other couples who stayed at Bahia Principe resorts claimed to have gotten violently ill during their visit. At least, that's what she was told.


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