Viper Room, Pink Taco Owner Harry Morton Has Died

Harry Morton, founder of the Pink Taco restaurant chain and former owner of the Viper Room nightclub in West Hollywood, was found dead in his Beverly Hills home on Saturday.

Harry Morton

Morton, 38, was pronounced dead at 5:28 p.m. Saturday, according to the LA County Coroner’s Office, which reported that a representative from the office was dispatched to the 500 block of Haynes Avenue in Beverly Hills.

“The autopsy and report are incomplete at this time, and will probably be completed in a couple of days,” a coroner’s spokesperson said.

A watch commander at the Beverly Hills Police Department told City News Service that he could not immediately comment on the matter, but that the department’s public information officer would be available for comment Monday.

People magazine reported receiving information from the Beverly Hills Police Department that Morton was found dead in his Beverly Hills home.

The magazine reported that a source informed them that Morton’s younger brother, Matthew, discovered the body.

Morton’s grandfather, Arnie, co-founded Morton’s Steakhouse restaurant in 1978 and his father, Peter, co-founded the Hard Rock Cafe franchise in 1971.

Harry Morton bought the Viper Room nightclub in West Hollywood in 2008. The Viper Room is on the property where the 8550 Sunset Blvd. hotel and condo project is proposed.

Harry Morton was also a volunteer sheriff’s deputy at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s West Hollywood station.

Actress Lindsay Lohan, who briefly dated Morton years ago, posted a photo of the two on her Instagram account Sunday, with the caption: “Best friends. Best life.”


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Rob Bergstein
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Rob Bergstein

What a tragic loss. From my perspective as a volunteer at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s station, Harry, in his role as a Reserve Deputy, was professional, well respected and was always there for me when I needed assistance. May his memory be a blessing.

Truth in Govt
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Truth in Govt

that’s nice to hear. thank you

Eric Jon Schmidt
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OMG! this is so sad. To die at such a young age. It just reminds me that life can be short and we must enjoy every moment and do good for others.

Larry Block
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Larry Block

I wonder how this affects the future Viper Room at the new Sunset project which was set to be included in that development.

Eli Rivera
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Eli Rivera

Death visits even the rich,powerful and young. Such are the ways of life,death and luck. Maybe the luck scythe of death will find the Trumps.

Shirley Steele
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Shirley Steele

Unfortunately, only good die young, deep rooted evil live forever, e.g., Cheney, McConnell, etc.