LOUISWILL, KI. Kent Taylor, founder and CEO of the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain, has died. He was 65 years old. His family and friends say he died after suffering from COVID-19-related symptoms, including severe ringing in the ears.
The Taylor family և company confirmed his death in a statement on Sunday.
Tinnitus is a common condition that includes ringing or other noises in one or both ears. Experts say that the coronavirus can aggravate the problem of tinnitus.
“Kent fought, fought hard, like the former trophy champion he was, but in recent days the aggravated suffering has become unbearable,” the statement said.
Taylor recently pledged to fund a clinical trial to help servicemen suffering from ear infections.
“Kent left an inadequate legacy as the first human leader, which is why he often said that Texas Roadhouse was a popular company that accidentally served steaks,” the statement said.
Taylor opened the first Texas Roadhouse restaurant in 1993 in Clarksville, Indiana, with the idea of a cocktail napkin. It currently operates 610 restaurants in 49 states և 10 in other countries. Texas Roadhouse is based in Taylor, Louisville, Kentucky.
“Kent’s generous generosity has been his constant driving force, whether he was silently helping a friend or building one of America’s big companies at @texasroadhouse,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on Twitter. “He was an ingenious entrepreneur who embodied the values of never giving up, putting others first.”
Taylor, who died on Thursday, is survived by his parents, Powell and Marilyn Taylor. three children և five grandchildren. Texas Roadhouse spokesman Travis Doster said a small private service was planned this week.