Restaurateur Harry Morton's Cause of Death Remains Mystery After Coroner Completes Autopsy
Authorities are still not sure why Harry Morton, the founder of the Pink Taco restaurant chain, died suddenly over the weekend at just 38 years of age, PEOPLE confirms.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office tells PEOPLE that Harry’s cause of death has officially been deferred pending additional investigation. However, the coroner did confirm that an autopsy was completed on Monday.
The news comes two days after Harry died at age 38. A spokesperson with the Beverly Hills Police Department told PEOPLE he was found dead on Saturday in his Beverly Hills home.
Harry’s younger brother Matthew found the business owner unresponsive, a source told PEOPLE.
There was no evidence of foul play, authorities noted.
Harry comes from a long line of restaurant owners. Harry’s father, Peter Morton, is the co-founder of Hard Rock Cafe and Hotels, while his grandfather, Arnie Morton, founded Morton’s The Steakhouse.
Pink Taco, the trendy Mexican eatery Harry founded, issued a statement about his death shortly after the news broke.
“We are saddened by the passing of Harry Morton, the founder and former owner of Pink Taco. 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,” the restaurant said in a statement. “Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”
In addition to founding the chain of Mexican restaurants, Harry was the former owner of the Viper Room nightclub in West Hollywood, which Johnny Depp once was a co-owner of as well. The restaurateur was also an investor in nightclub Beacher’s Madhouse.
Harry got his introduction into the foodservice industry while working summers at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas, according to The Los Angeles Times.
In March, Harry purchased a home in Beverly Hills that was once owned by Elvis Presley and wife Priscilla for around $25.46 million, the Times reported, which also noted that the property was previously owned by Harry’s father for two years, although Peter was not the home’s most recent owner, having sold it in 2014 for $14.5 million.