Harry Morton, the founder of the Pink Taco restaurant chain, died on Saturday

By Maria Pasquini
November 24, 2019 02:00 PM
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Harry Morton, the founder of the Pink Taco restaurant chain, has died. He was 38.

Morton died on Saturday, PEOPLE confirms.

A spokesperson with the Beverly Hills Police Department tells PEOPLE he was found dead in his Beverly Hills home. A source says Harry’s younger brother Matthew was the one to find the restauranteur unresponsive.

There was no evidence of foul play and an autopsy report is pending.

TMZ was the first to report the news.

“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. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends during this difficult time,” Pink Taco said in a statement.

In addition to founding the chain of Mexican restaurants, Morton was the former owner of the Viper Room nightclub in West Hollywood, which Johnny Depp once was a co-owner of as well. Morton was also an investor in Beacher’s Madhouse.

Over the years, Morton was romantically linked to numerous Hollywood actresses, including Demi Moore, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Jennifer Aniston.

Harry Morton, Peter Morton and Matthew Morton
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Morton comes from a long line of restaurant owners. His father, Peter Morton, is the co-founder of Hard Rock Cafe and Hotels, while his grandfather, Arnie Morton, founded Morton’s The Steakhouse.

Morton’s half-sister, Domino Harvey, died of an overdose in 2005 at the age of 35. Harvey’s mother, model Paulene Stone, was Morton’s father’s first wife. 

Pink Taco has locations across the country, including in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas. The original location opened in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

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.

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