Kevin O’Leary appears downcast on flight, tweets about ‘Shark Tank’
“Shark Tank” star Kevin O’Leary gave a cheery shoutout Thursday to Colombia, where the country’s adaptation of the reality TV show starts Friday.
“Hola Colombia! I’m Mr. Wonderful from Shark Tank US. I’ve been told Colombians are pretty hard negotiators, I guess we’ll find out soon,” O’Leary said in a tweet.
“Hope you are ready for the new Sharks: Alejandra, Andrea, & Samy! Don’t miss,” he added.
O’Leary latest tweet comes less than two weeks after a boat carrying him and his wife Linda collided with another vessel on Lake Joseph, about 130 miles north of Toronto.
The accident left Gary Poltash, 64, and Suzana Brito, 48, of Toronto dead.
O’Leary — who has said his wife had been driving their boat at the time of the crash — has claimed the other boat lacked “navigational lights” and “fled the scene.”
Police said Wednesday that investigators are still sifting through witness statements and other evidence.
Meanwhile, O’Leary has been spotted for the first time since the deadly Aug. 24 accident as he boarded an Air Canada flight from Toronto to Houston on Monday.
“He didn’t look happy,” a witness told Radar Online. “He wasn’t welcoming or friendly.”
The star, who was clad in blue jeans and a denim jacket and traveling solo, acted like “he didn’t want to be recognized,” the onlooker told Radar.
“He was hunched over, looking down, trying to look inconspicuous,” the informant said about O’Leary, who sat in first class and wore “big Bose headphones for the whole flight keeping to himself.”
He “didn’t look like he was injured in any way,” the source said. “I didn’t see any bruising or anything like that all. He didn’t look like someone who had just been in a boating accident that somebody was killed in.”
In another development, Poltash’s family is raising money for the education of Brito’s three young children, the Toronto Star reported.
“Although we never got to meet her, we are told that Suzana (Brito) and my father became fast friends while enjoying the beauty of (the) lake,” reads part of the message on GoFundMe posted by Poltash’s father, Alex.
“Gary (Poltash) was a true believer in the power of education, and thus we thought it appropriate to create this for the benefit of Suzana’s children,” Alex wrote.
Poltash’s family is looking to raise $15,000 for the post-secondary education of Liam, 12, Ruby, 11, and Cash, 9, in a “wish that the legacy of our father live on.”
As of Thursday morning, almost $4,500 had been raised in the first two days of the fundraiser. The Poltash family made the first contribution of $1,000.
“Join us in celebrating my father’s life,” Gary’s daughter, Allison Poltash, wrote in an Instagram post.
“To honour his legacy and value of education, we have created a GoFundMe to support the three children of Suzana Brito, who tragically passed away in the same accident as my dad,” she wrote.
Gary Poltash, 64, was a retired accountant who lived in Belleair Beach near Clearwater, Fla.
A longtime friend of Brito told the Toronto Sun that “her kids were her life.”
“It sounds like a cliche, but nobody would ever have anything negative to say about her,” Holly Canivet told the paper. “Many, many people have been devastated by this.”
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