Golden Krust CEO Lowell Hawthorne dies from an apparent suicide in his Bronx factory Saturday night. He was 57.
Hawthorne, who migrated from Jamaica and founded the restaurant chain, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, inside the factory located on Park Avenue near E. 173rd Street about 5:30 p.m., the New York Daily News reports.
Condolences are pouring in, including from Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who tweeted: “My condolences to the friends, family and employees of Jamaica-born Lowell Hawthorne, CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill.”
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
More reaction to news of Lowell Hawthorne’s death:
On behalf of the 16th District, we are deeply saddened and shocked to learn of the death of Golden Krust CEO, Lowell Hawthorne. We extend our sincere prayers and condolences to his family, employees, friends and neighbors. A true loss for the #Bronx. RIP Lowell Hawthorne.
— Vanessa L. Gibson (@Vanessalgibson) December 3, 2017