Hawthorne worried about tax debt – report
The New York Post is reporting that founder of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill, Lowell Hawthorne, killed himself amid fears the authorities were investigating him for evading millions of dollars in taxes.
The Post says a family member told detectives that the 57 year old admitted the huge tax debt to some of his relatives, and was acting funny and talking to himself in the hours before his suicide.
Surveillance video shows Hawthorne shooting himself in the head at his office inside the Golden Krust bakery and warehouse in The Bronx.
Lowell, who was a married father of three sons and a daughter, was found on the floor of his office with a single bullet wound to his head and a handgun lying nearby.
Hawthorne employed dozens of relatives at the business he started in 1989, and a source reportedly said he left a note in which he apologised to his family.