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Golden Krust founder and CEO commits suicide in Bronx factory

Golden Krust founder and CEO commits suicide in Bronx factory
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The founder and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill killed himself inside his Bronx factory Saturday, police sources said.

Jamaican Lowell Hawthorne, 57, shot himself inside the Park Ave. building near E. 173rd St. in Claremont about 5:30 p.m., sources said, according to New York Daily News.

More than a dozen current and former employees stood in disbelief outside the factory hours later. Some had tears rolling down their cheeks.

Some of his employees said they suspected something was amiss when they spotted his car, a silver Tesla 85D, parked oddly outside the factory, the New York Daily News. reports. It was left straddling two lanes

Photo by ANGUS MORDANT/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

ÔÇťHe was a good boss, humble and a good businessman,ÔÇŁ said Pete Tee, 27, a former employee.

ÔÇťHe never seemed sad. This is just terrible news right now.ÔÇŁ

The businessman built the Jamaican beef patty purveyor into a national empire boasting more than 120 restaurants across the U.S.

It also produces more than 50 million patties a year for retail stores and supplies them to about 20,000 outlets, according to The New York Times.