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Owner of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill who appeared on Undercover Boss show commits suicide in factory

By Mason White 6:41 AM December 4, 2017
Lowell Hawthorne

A man who shared the success of his American dream on the television show Undercover boss left people in shock when he committed suicide in his factory.

57-year-old Lowell Hawthorne wrote a suicide note before he shot himself inside his factory in the Bronx, New York, at about 5:30 p.m.

Hawthorne came to the United States from Jamaica in 1981 when he followed several relatives in search of better opportunities.

He launched the Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill in 1989.

The company began by selling Jamaican beef patties and it gradually evolved into a fast-food empire.

Hawthorne opened about 100 Golden Krust restaurants across the United States. He also sold about 50 million of his famous patties each year in retail stores.

Last year, Hawthorne starred in an episode of “Undercover Boss” produced by CBS.

Employees expressed their shock over the death. Many said that Hawthorne was a boss and a wonderful guy.

Many people including Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness expressed his condolence on social media.

Holness wrote: “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 U.S., with more than 120 stores.