An entrepreneur who appeared on ‘Shark Tank’ was found dead in the Schuylkill River on Oct 12. He was reportedly not in good shape financially before his death.
Police have identified the man who was pulled out of the Schuylkill River on Oct. 12 as Philip Reitnour, 58, the creator of the app EmergenSee, who appeared on Shark Tank in Oct. 2014. The medical examiner confirmed Philip’s identity on Oct. 14, although a cause of death has not been determined at this time. Police are continuing to investigate Philip’s tragic death, and various reports claim that he appeared to have a gunshot wound to the forehead when he was pulled out of the river. “I was walking down the bridge here and looked over and saw something floating in the water,” Chase Doran, who found the body, told CBS Philly. “My heart started beating really fast and I got a really weird feeling in my stomach because this is not something I see every day.”
Legal documents obtained by 6 ABC reportedly reveal that Philip was $ 3 million in debt when he tragically died. He was also reportedly being sued, although the details of the lawsuit were not disclosed. Philip had four kids, and he previously lost his wife to breast cancer. Before his wife died, he made a promise to her to keep their children safe, which is what prompted the invention of EmergenSee. The app allows users to connect with pre-set safety contacts in situations where they felt unsafe. Users were able to live stream their emergency and location to the safety contact.
Unfortunately, none of the Shark Tank sharks made a deal with Philip when he pitched the idea three years ago. The app is still available in the app store.
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