SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The brother of Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran is among those mysteriously found dead in the Dominican Republic in recent months.
Corcoran told TMZ that her brother’s friend found him dead but the circumstances were unclear. Corcoran was told he died from a heart attack and said she doesn’t believe there was an autopsy. She and her brother were among 10 siblings, she wrote in an Instagram post for National Sibling Day last month.
John Corcoran is among seven U.S. citizens who’ve died in the Dominican Republic in the last year. It’s an unsettling trend that’s giving some Americans second thoughts about visiting the country.
Some friends thought Donna Wade was crazy for taking her teenage son to a baseball tournament in the Dominican Republic this week and staying at the same hotel complex where several Americans died mysteriously.
“Everybody has heightened their level of alert,” said Wade, a resident of Bunn, North Carolina. “But we’ve had a great time sitting by the pool, walking around and hanging out at the beach.”
The concerns among tourists and tourism officials comes as seven deaths have gotten recent attention and families have raised questions about the circumstances. The unease also follows Sunday night’s shooting of former MLB star David Ortiz – one of the country’s most beloved personalities – at the Dial nightclub in Santo Domingo.
“Maybe this is not the best time to go,” said Demetrius Lockwood, a Florida corrections officer who canceled a late-summer vacation with friends to the Dominican Republic.
Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia has insisted his country is a safe destination. He said the deaths were unrelated.
“These cases are very regrettable, but isolated,” he said in a statement. “Investigation into them is a top priority for us and for the National Police. We are asking them to deploy all resources to help provide answers as quickly as possible.”
Dominican government spokesman Roberto Rodriguez Marchena and others this week started reusing the hashtag #BeFairWithDR – which the officials have used before to counter negative publicity.
“Cheerful, welcoming and hospitable, our Dominican Republic, the economy that grows the most in America, with its beautiful beaches and mountains, its tasty gastronomy and hardworking people invites you to know and love it,” he tweeted.
Tourism last year represented more than 17% of the country’s economy, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council.
About 6.5 million tourists visited the Dominican Republic last year, more than any …read more
Source:: Daily Times