A moment of silence for all deaths due to this crazy virus.
Asides from the tragical symptoms and the “fast forward” worsened health situation it can cause, making the whole system fail in no time, it also causes grave mental issues.
The isolation, the weight it carries, being a health burden for your family and closest relatives, the loss of human touch and normal social contacts… it can all drive a human to the very edge.
And Kent Taylor, a successful businessman, CEO, and co-founder of Texas Roadhouse Inc., a successful and ongoing restaurant chain, took his own life, because of the COVID 19 symptoms he couldn’t bear to take anymore.
The family stated that he took his own life after a long week of battling with COVID 19 symptoms, such as severe tinnitus among all others.
“Kent battled and fought hard like the former track champion that he was, but the suffering that greatly intensified in recent days became unbearable,” the statement explained.
“But in true Kent fashion, he always found a silver lining to help others. Most recently, he committed to fund a clinical study to help members of the military who also suffer from tinnitus,” the statement followed.
If you don’t know what tinnitus is – it is an unbearable sound, buzzing, and pressure in one or both ears, causing severe headaches and immense pain.
Even the restaurant chain, which opened back in 1983 and today has more than 500 restaurants in 49 states, confirmed his death on social media.
“We will miss you, Kent. Because of you and your dream of Texas Roadhouse, we get to say we love our jobs every day,” the chain wrote in a Facebook post last Thursday.
But, besides being a successful businessman, he was a man of the people and a man FOR the people.
Greg Moore, the lead director at the company, stated that he did many selfless acts, and they were “no surprise to anyone who knew Kent and his strong belief in servant leadership.”
“He was without a doubt, a people-first leader. His entrepreneurial spirit will live on in the company he built, the projects he supported, and the lives he touched,” he added.
“Kent leaves an unmatched legacy as a people-first leader, which is why he often said that Texas Roadhouse was a people company that just happened to serve steaks,” Taylor continued with his generous words. “He changed the lives of hundreds of millions of employees and guests over the past 28 years. He also impacted hundreds of thousands of people through his generous and often anonymous donations.”
The company announced that President Jerry Morgan would consider the role of the new CEO.