Pink Taco founder Harry Morton found dead at 38

Harry Morton, the founder of the Pink Taco restaurant chain, was found dead Saturday at the age of just 38, the company confirmed.

He turned up dead in his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., PEOPLE reported. A cause was unclear; the Beverly Hills Police Department said there was no evidence of foul play and an autopsy was pending.

“Harry was a visionary and restaurateur ahead of his time, and his contributions, both professionally to our brand and personally to those he worked with, were numerous,” Pink Taco said in a statement to The Associated Press.

Harry Morton, left, Luis Barajas, the founder of Flaunt magazine, and Jessica Alba at the opening of a Pink Taco restaurant in Los Angeles, in 2007.  (AP Photo/Chris Polk, File)

Harry Morton, left, Luis Barajas, the founder of Flaunt magazine, and Jessica Alba at the opening of a Pink Taco restaurant in Los Angeles, in 2007.  (AP Photo/Chris Polk, File)

Morton founded Pink Taco in 1999 when he was just 18, as TMZ reported.

His restaurant boasted locations across the nation, including in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Las Vegas; the original location opened in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Vegas, PEOPLE said.

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Harry Morton, the founder of the Pink Taco restaurant chain, was found dead in his Beverly Hills home at the age of 38. (John Shearer/WireImage, File)

Harry Morton, the founder of the Pink Taco restaurant chain, was found dead in his Beverly Hills home at the age of 38. (John Shearer/WireImage, File)

Restaurants were the family business. His father, Peter Morton, co-founded Hard Rock Cafe and Hotels, and his grandfather, Arnie Morton, founded Morton’s The Steakhouse.

He previously owned the Viper Room nightclub in West Hollywood with Johnny Depp.

Actress Lindsay Lohan, left, and Harry Morton at London's Heathrow Airport in 2006. (AP Photo, File)

Actress Lindsay Lohan, left, and Harry Morton at London’s Heathrow Airport in 2006. (AP Photo, File)

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PEOPLE reported he dated many famous women including Demi Moore, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Jennifer Aniston.

TMZ reported he was a volunteer sheriff’s deputy in and around L.A.; the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station honored him as a Reserve Detective of the Year.


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