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