Texas Roadhouse founder and CEO Kent Taylor dedicated suicide after grappling with “insufferable” long-term signs of COVID-19, the corporate mentioned.
Taylor, 65, took his personal life Thursday, the restaurant chain mentioned in an announcement.
The assertion mentioned that Taylor had been experiencing post-coronavirus signs that had grown worse — together with extreme tinnitus, or ringing within the ear.
“Our group and the restaurant trade misplaced a legend and the Taylor household misplaced a beautiful son, father and grandad,” mentioned a joint assertion from the corporate and household obtained by CNN.
“Kent battled and fought laborious like the previous monitor champion that he was, however the struggling that significantly intensified in latest days turned insufferable,” the assertion mentioned, based on McClatchy Information.
Taylor had forfeited his wage from March 2020 via the remainder of the yr to permit the funds to go to assist frontline restaurant staff through the pandemic.
“We’ll miss you, Kent. Due to you and your dream of Texas Roadhouse, we get to say we love our jobs day-after-day,” the corporate wrote in a tribute on Fb.