Westchester resident Lowell Hawthorne, the founder and CEO of the largest Caribbean franchise chain in the United States, is dead at age 57 from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound inside his New York City factory Saturday, according to multiple reports.
Hawthorne, a Pocantico Hills resident and native of Jamaica, died at around 5:30 p.m. at Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill's facility in the Claremont section of the Bronx, according to the New York Daily News.
In an inspiring rags to riches story, Hawthorne built the family run Golden Krust, known for its signature Jamacian beef patties, into a major player in nine states with more than 120 restaurants. He was featured on the TV show "Undercover Boss."
In addition to beef patties, Golden Krust, whose motto is "We take the taste of the Caribbean to the world," is known for its jerk chicken, authentic breads and sauces. Hawthorne and his wife, Lorna, opened Golden Krust's first location opened in 1989, when the two, and four of Hawthorne's siblings, founded the location in the Bronx.
Golden Crust's annual profits are estimated to be at around $100 million.
Hawthorne's path to Golden Krust started when he worked at a family owned bakery in Jamaica before he emigrated to the U.S.
Hawthorne's net worth has been estimated at $70 million.
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