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‘Shark Tank’ star Kevin O’Leary involved in fatal boat crash in Canada

O’Leary issued a statement saying he was a passenger on the boat that crashed into another watercraft Saturday night.

Kevin O’Leary stars on the hit TV series “Shark Tank.”
Kevin O’Leary stars on the hit TV series “Shark Tank.”
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TORONTO — “Shark Tank” star Kevin O’Leary says he was on a boat that was involved in a fatal crash in Canada over the weekend.

Ontario Provincial Police Staff Sgt. Carolle Dionne said Wednesday two boats crashed on Lake Joseph near Seguin, Ontario, killing a Florida man identified as 64-year-old Gary Poltash and a 48-year-old woman identified as Susanne Brito. Brito died in the hospital on Tuesday.

O’Leary issued a statement saying he was a passenger on the boat that crashed into another watercraft Saturday night. The Canadian businessman and reality show star also said the other boat had no navigation lights on and left the scene.

“On late Saturday night I was a passenger in a boat that was involved in a tragic collision with another watercraft that had no navigation lights on and then fled the scene,” his statement read. “I am fully cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation.”

O’Leary’s statement continued, “Out of respect for the victims families and to fully support the ongoing investigation I feel it is inappropriate to make further comments at this time. My heartfelt prayers and condolences to the victims, the families and those affected by this loss.”

Police have not identified all those involved and say no charges have been filed yet.

Contributing: USA Today