Harry Morton – the CEO and founder of Pink Taco and former boyfriend of actress Lindsay Lohan – was found dead in his Beverly Hills mansion on Saturday. Morton is the son of Peter Morton, who founded the Hard Rock Cafe, and the grandson of Arnie Morton, who founded Morton’s Steakhouse. He was just 38 years old.
According to The Blast, Morton was found unresponsive in his home and was later pronounced dead before being transported to the L.A. County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
"It should also be noted that Harry was a volunteer sheriff's deputy in and around L.A. — specifically, with the West Hollywood Sheriff's Station, where he was recently honored as a Reserve Detective of the Year. " https://t.co/6I8bASZeLR
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Even though his dad and grandfather made the Morton name famous with their respective restaurant chains, Harry became successful on his own when he founded the trendy Hollywood eatery Pink Taco in 1999. He was also the owner of the popular live music venue The Viper Room.
Harry’s first Pink Taco restaurant was at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Paradise, Nevada, and he added a second location in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2006. The third location opened in Century City, Los Angeles in 2007.
However, the Scottsdale location closed after just three years due to controversy surrounding the name of the restaurant, which a few people found offensive and degrading to women. In 2012, Harry told Haute Living how he came up with the name of his restaurant, which specializes in Mexican cuisine.
“If I could go back, I would change the name. It started off as a funny idea.; it was a joke at the time,” explained Morton. “But now we pride ourselves on our ability to evolve, and the food speaks for itself. We’re not trying to be a one-trick pony or a funny-named restaurant. The name isn’t even provocative anymore, it’s almost cliché. If we kept trying to play that hand it would be boring. The name is what it is. But at least it’s catchy and internationally known.”
Pink Taco released a statement remembering Morton, calling him "a visionary and restaurateur ahead of his time" https://t.co/V2EnR2UP9d
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Morton was an active supporter of local law enforcement and served as a reserve deputy with the West Hollywood Sheriff’s department. He was honored last year as the Reserve Detective of the Year at the annual Reserve Forces Recognition dinner.
In addition to dating Lohan, Morton was also linked to Demi Moore, Britney Spears, Jenifer Aniston, and former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville.
Lindsay Lohan has not commented on the death of her ex-boyfriend. But, her mom Dina posted a pic of her daughter with Harry Morton on Instagram and wrote in the caption that God has an angel. She also sent prayers to Morton’s family.