- Founder and CEO of fast-food chain Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill commits suicide inside his own factory
- Lowell Hawthorne, 57, emigrated to the United States from Jamaica
- He opened his first Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill in 1989 in New York
- The fast-food operation now has more than 100 locations across the US
- Hawthorne died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Saturday, police say
The New York-based founder and CEO of a Caribbean fast food chain has taken his own life, police say.
Lowell Hawthorne, 57, allegedly shot himself inside the Morrisania, The Bronx factory of his Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill on Saturday night, the New York Daily News reported.
Former employees of his told the News that he was ‘humble and ‘good’ and were ‘shocked’ at hearing he had likely committed suicide.
Employees said they saw his car – a Tesla 85D – parked between two lanes.
Hawthorne emigrated to the United States from Jamaica and opened his first Golden Krust operation in 1989.
He and his family pooled money to open the modest store.
The operation sold Jamaican beef patties and it gradually evolved into a small fast-food empire.
There are now more than 100 Golden Krust establishments across the United States selling patties and other foodstuffs such as jerk chicken and plantains.
Golden Krust also produces tens of millions frozen patties to be sold in retail.
It is not clear who will take over the operation of Golden Krust.