Lowell Hawthorne, Founder Of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, Reportedly Committed Suicide Inside His Factory

Lowell Hawthorne, who started the Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery with a Bronx storefront, now manufactures his meat patties at a Bronx production facility at 3958 Park Ave. (Photo By: David Handschuh/NY Daily News via Getty Images)

Lowell Hawthorne, Founder Of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, Reportedly Committed Suicide Inside His Factory

His employees are still in disbelief.

Published December 3rd

The founder and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill has reportedly committed suicide inside his Bronx factory on Saturday (December 2).

Police sources say 57-year-old Lowell Hawthorne shot himself inside the the Park Ave. building at about 5:30 pm.

Current and former employees were stunned and gathered to stand outside the factory hours later. Many were in tears.

“He was a good boss, humble and a good businessman,” former employee Pete Tee said. “He never seemed sad. This is just terrible news right now.”

The first Golden Krust store was opened on E. Gun Hill Rd. in 1989. From there Hawthorne went on to build the brand into a national brand and opening and additional 119 restaurants in nine states.

Golden Krust became the first Caribbean-owned business in the U.S. to be granted a franchise license, according to its website.

Written by Paul Meara

(Photo: David Handschuh/NY Daily News via Getty Images)

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