Lowell Hawthorne, the founder of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, has reportedly taken his own life, police say.
The 57-year-old allegedly shot himself inside of his Bronx factory on Saturday (Dec 2).
Former employees told the New York Daily News that Hawthorne was a “humble” and “good businessman,” who never seemed sad.
Hawthorne migrated to the United States from Jamaica and opened the first Golden Krust store in 1989. The store, which is widely known for its Jamaican beef patties, has more than 120 restaurants in nine states.
Golden Krust also produces more than 50 million patties a year that are sold in retail stores.
In may of last year, Hawthorne appeared on the popular CBS show Undercover Boss where he discovered some of his chefs “aren’t on the same cookbook page,” according to the CBS website.
We send our condolences to Hawthorne’s family and friends.
My condolences to the friends, family and employees of Jamaica-born Lowell Hawthorne, CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill.
He headed the largest Caribbean franchise chain in the US, with more than 120 stores. pic.twitter.com/PX9MpD2Mkg
— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) December 3, 2017