A Brazilian newspaper has reported the death of an Ontario businessman who was killed during a roadside robbery in Brazil. According to accounts published in local newspapers, the robbery took place on Saturday while a vehicle carrying the victim and his business partners was stopped on the road, which resulted in the Canadian victim being shot twice.
A spokesperson for Foreign Affairs confirmed in a statement emailed on Sunday that the government has been informed about the death of a Canadian in Brazil, though the department declined to name the victim due to privacy reasons. Sources confirm that the victim was a businessman from Leamington, Ont., named Dean Tiessen. The president of the Leamington-based New Energy Farms, Tiessen, was visiting Brazil for a business trip, when the news of his death shocked those who knew him back home.