Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill founder, CEO commits suicide in Bronx factory

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    The founder and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill who once appeared on “Undercover Boss” killed himself inside his Bronx factory Saturday, police sources said.

    Lowell Hawthorne, 57, shot himself inside the Park Ave. building near E. 173rd St. in Claremont about 5:30 p.m., sources said.

    More than a dozen current and former employees stood in disbelief outside the factory hours later. Some had tears rolling down their cheeks.

    “He was a good boss, humble and a good businessman,” said Pete Tee, 27, a former employee. “He never seemed sad. This is just terrible news right now.”

    Hawthorne's friends, family and colleagues mourn for him.
    Hawthorne opened the first Golden Krust store on E. Gun Hill Rd. in 1989.

    The Jamaica-born owner went on to build the beef-patty purveyor into a national empire with more than 120 restaurants in nine states.

    In May of last year, Hawthorne starred in an episode of CBS’ “Undercover Boss,” and discovered some of his chefs “aren't on the same cookbook page,” according to the CBS website.


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    My condolences to the friends, family and employees of Jamaica-born Lowell Hawthorne, CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill. He headed the largest Caribbean franchise chain in the US, with more than 120 stores.
    8:10 PM - Dec 2, 2017

    Pat Russo, who has worked with Hawthorne since the 1990s, was confounded by the news that his fellow businessman had taken his own life.

    “It doesn’t make any sense. He had everything to live for,” said Russo, who is the president of Chef’s Choice food company. “He was a brilliant business guy. The perfect American success story.”

    Hawthorne’s death sent shockwaves from the streets of the Bronx to government offices in Jamaica, where Prime Minister Andrew Holness fired off a tweet offering his condolences.

    Some of Hawthorne's employees said they suspected something was amiss when they spotted his silver Tesla 85D parked oddly outside the factory. It was left straddling two lanes.
    Some of Hawthorne’s employees said they suspected something was amiss when they spotted his car, a silver Tesla 85D (below), parked oddly outside the factory. The luxury ride was left in the road blocking a lane of traffic.

    Longtime employee Everald Woods said he loved working under Hawthorne.

    “He was a nice boss, a wonderful guy,” said Woods, an employee since 2003. “He’s the kind of guy you want to work for for that long. He takes care of his employees.”

    Workers stand outside the Golden Krust's factory on Park Ave. after Hawthorne committed suicide inside.
    Family friend Wayne Muschamb said Hawthorne was an inspiration to his countrymen in Jamaica. “Look how far he reached. He’s known from here to Jamaica,” Muschamb said. “I’m kind of lost for words, man. This has got me shocked.”

    Hawthorne’s rags-to-riches story was set in motion in 1981 when he followed several relatives to the U.S. from Jamaica in search of opportunity.

    He briefly worked as an accountant for the NYPD before deciding to build a business inspired by his father’s bakery back home.

    Golden Krust became the first Caribbean-owned business in the U.S. to be granted a franchise license, according to its website. The company produces more than 50 million patties a year that are sold in retail stores.

    In 2012, he published a memoir, “The Baker’s Son.”

    “It’s a very humbling experience to know that the concept that began in Jamaica with our parents was able to come here,” Hawthorne told the Daily News at the time.
  2. Nick Delmacy

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    I would never commit suicide...mainly because I'm just too nosy and want to know what happens next in the world for as long as I can.

    However, I can't say that I never at least thought about it. A friend once told me that he has as well and thinks that all Black men have at one point or another.

    I def understand why people do it. Shit is hard out here. People are wack, society is wack, politics are wack, religion is wack, embarrassing memories are wack, our bodies often breakdown and work against us making life miserable...

    It's our selfish instinct to say that it was wrong for someone to commit suicide and to weep with all of the OTHER people affected, but maybe their lifelong suffering is over. Sometimes the "It gets better" slogan doesn't apply...
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