The founder and Chief Executive Officer of Texas Roadhouse, Inc., Kent Taylor, has died at the age of 65.

The Courier Journal reported that Taylor took his own life on Thursday, March 18 “after struggling with the debilitating repercussions of COVID-19.”

Greg Moore, Lead Director, provided this statement on behalf of the Board of Directors:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Kent Taylor. He founded Texas Roadhouse and dedicated himself to building it into a legendary experience for “Roadies” and restaurant guests alike. During the pandemic, he gave up his entire compensation package to help support his frontline workers. This selfless act was 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.”

Kent Taylor founded Texas Roadhouse in 1993 and held various positions, including most recently Chairman of the Board and CEO.

We will miss you, Kent. Because of you and your dream of Texas Roadhouse, we get to say we ❤ our jobs every day. #WeLoveYouKent #TXRHFamily #RoadhouseStrong

Posted by Texas Roadhouse on Friday, March 19, 2021