THE BRONX — The founder and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill was found dead in his Bronx factory Saturday, police confirm.
According to New York Daily News, 57-year-old Lowell Hawthorne shot himself inside the factory on Park Avenue in Claremont around 5:30 p.m.
Jamaica-born Hawthorne opened the first Golden Krust store on East Gun Hill Road in 1989.
Hawthorne, who once appeared on "Undercover Boss," built the business into a national empire with more than 120 restaurants in nine states.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness expressed their condolences via Twitter Saturday evening.
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