Kent Taylor, the founder of the popular steak restaurant Texas Roadhouse died unexpectedly on Sunday. The family and company reported that the cause was suicide. Taylor had battled coronavirus and was struggling significantly with its aftermath.
In a statement the company and family wrote, “After a battle with post Covid symptoms including tinnitus, Kent Taylor took his own life. Kent battled and fought hard like the track champion that he was, but the suffering that intensified in recent days became unbearable.”
Tinnitus is a condition in which there is constant ringing in the ears. It can result in hearing loss and, along with vertigo, may be associated with coronavirus.
Kent Taylor founded the famous Louisville, Kentucky based restaurant chain in 1993 and was most recently serving as its CEO. The company announced a new CEO effective immediately, Jerry Morgan. The company’s stock price has tripled since its low last March.
Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senior Senator from Kentucky, paid tribute to Taylor Sunday saying he had created a company with “grit, determination, and lots of bold risks.”