David J. Freschman, 52, a venture capitalist who worked as a consultant to ABC's Emmy-winning reality television show

Shark Tank

, died Tuesday at his home in Hockessin, Del., according to his wife, Robin Freschman. The cause was pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Freschman, the managing principal of Wilmington-based Innovation Capital Advisors, provided venture capital to dozens of East Coast companies and was an adviser to Shark Tank from its first season in 2009.

The program, starring billionaire investor Mark Cuban and real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran, features aspiring entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas to investors. - Bloomberg