In a tragic turn of events, it has come to light that founder and CEO of Texas Roadhouse, Kent Taylor, died on March 18. He was 65 years old.
The news was first announced on the official Texas Roadhouse Facebook page. You can see the post below.
We will miss you, Kent. Because of you and your dream of Texas Roadhouse, we get to say we ❤ our jobs every day. #WeLoveYouKent #TXRHFamily #RoadhouseStrongPosted by Texas Roadhouse on Friday, March 19, 2021
Alongside a photo of Kent Taylor, the restaurant’s page provided a caption.
“We will miss you, Kent. Because of you and your dream of Texas Roadhouse, we get to say we (heart emoji) our jobs every day. #WeLoveYouKent #TXRHFamily #RoadhouseStrong”
Besides the loss of the man himself, the manner in which he passed is also tragic. According to a report by CNN, Kent Taylor committed suicide due to suffering from complications of the COVID-19 virus.
Texas Roadhouse, Kent Taylor’s Family Offers Statement
The report also offers a joint statement was released by his family and the company. It mentions that he was suffering from severe tinnitus and that the pain from it had intensified recently. For those unaware, tinnitus causes a ringing in the ear.
“Our community and the restaurant industry lost a legend and the Taylor family lost a wonderful son, father and grandad this week,” the statement said.
Kent Taylor first founded Texas Roadhouse in 1993. The restaurant offers a variety of classic American food, with a focus on steaks. As of October of 2020, the restaurant had expanded to 572 locations.
Perhaps one of the best testaments to the man himself was his actions during the COVID-19 pandemic. After the pandemic began, Kent Taylor donated the rest of his 2020 salary and bonus to help pay employees that were out of work while businesses were closed.