Harry Morton, founder of Pink Taco, dies at 38


Multiple outlets are reporting that Harry Morton, the Los Angeles businessman best known for founding the iconic Hollywood hotspot, Pink Taco, died Saturday afternoon.

He was 38.

According to TMZ, Morton was found unresponsive in his Beverly Hills home by a family member and was pronounced dead by paramedics who arrived on the scene.

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that Morton died at his residence Saturday afternoon and the Beverly Hills Police Department is investigating.

It is believed there was no foul play. No illegal drugs were found on the scene either.

Pink Taco released a statement remembering Morton following news of his death.

“We are saddened by the passing of Harry Morton, the founder and former owner of Pink Taco,” it reads. “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.”

Morton came from a lineage of restaurateurs. His father, Peter Morton, co-founded the Hard Rock Cafe, and Harry’s grandfather, Arnie Morton, founded Morton’s Steakhouse.

Harry’s ex, Lindsay Lohan, posted a photo of the couple in their heyday on Sunday, captioning the post, “Best friends. Best life.”

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Medical Procedure Under Investigation 

According to TMZ, Morton had a deviated septum just repaired weeks before his death.

Sources close to Morton told the outlet that he recently got a septoplasty — a surgery designed to straighten out the septum to allow for better airflow through the nose.

How could that cause death? If the surgical instruments go too deep, then brain damage could potentially happen.