Why did Harry Morton, the founder of Pink Taco and son of Hard Rock co-founder Peter Morton was found deas yesterday in his Beverly Hill Home? He was only 38 years old.
Pink Taco is a restaurant chain in Los Angeles, California, with locations in West Hollywood on the Sunset Strip and in Century City, located on the premises of the Westfield Century City mall. It serves Mexican food. Morton is best known for founding Pink Taco, a Mexican restaurant and food truck company, in 1999 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino near the Las Vegas Strip. It has since expanded to locations in Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Pink Taco spokesperson Tim Ragones said “We are saddened by the passing of Harry Morton, the founder and former owner of Pink Taco. 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.”
The reason for Morton’s death are unkonwn. Social media postings connected Harry Morton with Anthony Fox, who was last seen in Ventura County, California on December 19 2001. His pickup truck disappeared with him, and a .38 caliber revolver disappeared from his briefcase at the same time. On January 6, 2002, his truck was found abandoned on Chestnut Street in Santa Clara, California. Foz left behind several thousand dollars in his bank account, and there hasn’t been activity on his financial accounts since his disappearance. He also left behind a teenage daughter.
Fox was scheduled to testify in court shortly after his disappearance. He was in the proces sof suing five people over financial problems at his business, a West Hollywood, California nightclub called The Viper Room, which he had co-founded with the actor Johnny Depp in 1993. The club was frequented by Hollywood celenrities, and gained notoriety when actor River Phoenix died of a drug overdose just outside it on Halloween in 1993. Depp was one of the defendants in Fox’s lawsuits. Fox had accused Depp of defrauding him of millions of dollars in profits. Fox went missing before the lawsuit could be brought to a conclusion. In 2004, Depp turned over his share in the nightclub to Fox’s daughter, who resold it. The current owners are Darin Feinstein and Harry Morton, son of Hard Rock Cafe founder Peter Morton.
It is unclear what caused Fox to vanish, or whether Th Viper Room or the pending litigation had anything to do with his disappearance. His case remains unsolved.
Harry Morton’s young death makes this unresolved case again move to a spotlight.