'Shark Tank' judge Kevin O'Leary involved in Ontario boating crash that left 1 dead

  • "Shark Tank" judge Kevin O'Leary was involved in a boating crash on Lake Joseph in Ontario, Canada, that left one man dead and another woman seriously injured.

  • According to TMZ, O'Leary's boat crashed into the bow of a larger boat on Saturday around 11:30 p.m. local time. A male passenger on the larger boat was killed in the crash and another woman was said to be critically injured.

  • "Late Saturday night I was a passenger in a boat that had a tragic collision with another craft that had no navigation lights on and then fled the scene of the accident. I am fully cooperating with authorities," O'Leary told TMZ.

  • Local media reported the crash left a 64-year-old Florida man dead and a 48-year-old Canadian woman with critical injuries.

  • Police say they are investigating the cause of the crash.

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"Shark Tank" judge Kevin O'Leary, also known by his popularized nickname "Mr. Wonderful," was involved in a boating crash on Lake Joseph in Ontario, Canada, that left one man dead and another woman seriously injured.

According to TMZ, O'Leary's boat was involved in an accident on the lake on Saturday around 11:30 p.m. local time, and crashed into the bow of a larger boat. A male aboard the larger boat was killed and woman was said to be critically injured.

O'Leary confirmed to TMZ that he was a passenger aboard a boat involved in the crash.

"Late Saturday night I was a passenger in a boat that had a tragic collision with another craft that had no navigation lights on and then fled the scene of the accident. I am fully cooperating with authorities," he told TMZ.

"Out of respect for the families who have lost loved ones and to fully support the ongoing investigation, I feel it is inappropriate to make further comments at this time," he continued. "My thoughts are with all the families affected."

A representative for O'Leary told TMZ that his wife Linda was driving the boat at the time of the crash. The representatives said she passed a DUI test that was administered that night. The representative added that a third passenger was aboard O'Leary's boat and obtained minor injuries in the accident.

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According to TMZ, a person connected with the larger boat claims that O'Leary's boat fled the scene. However, O'Leary's rep told TMZ it was the larger boat that left.

Canada's Global News reported that a boating crash took place on Saturday around 11:30 p.m. local time near Emerald Island. Police from West Parry Sound OPP said a 48-year-old woman from Markham, Ontario, was critically injured, while a 64-year-old American man was killed.

Local news station My Muskoka Now reported that the man who was fatally injured in the accident was from Florida, citing West Parry Sound OPP. Police say they are investigating the cause of the crash and are questioning whether alcohol played a role in the incident.

Both boats were described by police as "pleasure craft." The larger boat was described as a 13-person vessel that had been out on the lake for an evening cruise.

Detective Inspector Martin Graham told My Muskoka Now that the smaller vessel was a "tow-boat" and those aboard had been returning back to their residence after going out for the evening. Graham said one of the boats was "definitely moving" during the crash, though it's unclear if both were in motion.

According to Graham, the deceased male was visiting the Muskoka area and had been staying at a friend's cottage.

The reports from the Global News and My Muskoka Now did not confirm whether O'Leary or his wife were involved in the crash.

O'Leary and the the West Parry Sound OPP were not immediately available for comment.

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