The beloved food chain owner of Texas Roadhouse passed away.
The CEO, Kent Tayor, 65, died by suicide after he struggled with “post-covid” symptoms.
His family and the company say he took his own life after suffering from symptoms related to COVID-19, including severe tinnitus.
Taylor’s family and the company on Sunday confirmed his death in a statement.
Tinnitus is a common condition involving ringing or other noises in one or both ears. Experts say the coronavirus can exacerbate tinnitus problems
“Kent battled and fought hard like the former track champion that he was, but the suffering that greatly intensified in recent days became unbearable,” the statement said.
Taylor recently committed to funding a clinical study to help military members suffering from tinnitus, the statement said.
“Kent leaves an unmatched legacy as a people-first leader, which is why he often said that Texas Roadhouse was a people company that just happened to serve steaks,” the statement said.