The Pink Taco restaurant founder is no more! PEOPLE confirmed the great saddening news of the demise of Harry Morton in his age 38. Though PEOPLE was told by a spokesperson of the Beverly Hills Police Department, a source state, the restauranteur’s younger brother, Matthew, was the one to find him dead as he was unresponsive. However, there is no observation of evidence of foul play, though the autopsy is still pending as the TMZ was the first to report the news.
On hearing the news, Pink Taco put their condolences in their statement, “We are saddened by the passing of Harry Morton, the founder and former owner of Pink Taco. Harry was a visionary and restaurateur ahead of his time, and his contributions, both professionally to our brand and personality to those he worked with, were numerous. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”
In addition to being the former owner of the Viper Room nightclub in West Hollywood, once was co-owned by Johnny Depp, Harry Morton was the founding of the chain of Mexican restaurants. Being an investor in Beacher’s Madhouse, Morton was also add-on with romantic link-up controversies with many Hollywood actresses, including Demi Moore, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, and even Jennifer Aniston.
Harry Morton was born and raised in a family that has a long line of restaurant owners. From his grandfather, Arnie Morton, founder of Morton’s The Steakhouse to his father, Peter Morton, is the co-founder of Hard Rock Cafe and Hotels. His mother was a model, Paulene Stone, was Morton’s father’s first wife.
Though his half-sister, Domino Harvey, died of an overdose in 2005 at the age of 35. According to The Los Angeles Times, Harry Morton was introduced in the foodservice as he was working his summer at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas, where he originally opened his Pink Taco in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Over the years, he began in different places across the country, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas.
In March, he purchased a home in Beverly Hills where he lost his soul, once owned by Elvis Presley and wife Priscilla, for around $25.46 million. The report from the Times stated that his father, Peter Morton, previously held the property for two years, as he was not home, so the recent owner sold it in 2014 for $14.5 million.