TMZ: Barbara Corcoran's brother died in Dominican Republic

Tourists rest at Bavaro beach in Punta Cana Dominican Republic on Jan. 16 2012

John Corcoran, the brother of "Shark Tank" star Barbara Corcoran, died in the Dominican Republican past year, a fact that has some wondering if his death could be related to the recent string of troubling tourist deaths in that country. "Barbara would like to respect the privacy of his children and is not releasing any other information at this time".

Johnathan "was retired but owned a successful roofing company in New Jersey", Corcoran told the outlet. It is believed his death was the result of a heart attack.

However, there's been no autopsy as far as Barbara's aware.

Other couples who have stayed at the hotel have made claims stating that they got sick after drinking from their room's minibar and others described smelling chemicals in their room that they said were insecticides or pesticides, Fox News reported.

There have been a number of mysterious deaths of USA citizens in the Dominican Republic in recent months, and people are questioning whether John's death is linked.

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Naturally, people are puzzled by these suspicious deaths - and theories have started to roll out on what might be the cause of it. The testing and the FBI's involvement marked the first public indications that officials in the US and the Dominican Republic have considered the possibility of something other than natural causes. "But it's just a coincidence that it happened in the Dominican Republic like those other deaths".

The FBI is doing toxicology analysis, NPR says. "Dominican authorities cited almost identical conditions, including pulmonary edema - where the lungs fill with fluid - for several of them".

A newly engaged couple from Maryland were found dead in the room in May, with the cause of death listed as respiratory failure and pulmonary edema.

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. Dominican authorities said she died of a heart attack, though her family said she was healthy. And there is no evidence that Corcoran's death is related to the six others who have passed away at D.R. luxury resorts since June 2018. At least, that's what she was told.

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