What a sad story this is.
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I will say when I first read this piece, I didn’t understand the gravity of what Tinnitus can do to people. A lot of military folks suffer from it.
For those that don’t know what Tinnitus is:
Tinnitus is when you experience ringing or other noises in one or both of your ears. The noise you hear when you have tinnitus isn’t caused by an external sound, and other people usually can’t hear it. Tinnitus is a common problem. It affects about 15% to 20% of people, and is especially common in older adults.
I also didn’t know it was a side effect of COVID-19, but apparently, it is for some people who had long bouts of COVID. I read it’s also a side effect of the vaccine.
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I had a long bout of COVID. Thankfully, the only after-effects I suffered is some numbness, but that’s gone away for the most part.
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Kent Taylor, the CEO of the popular restaurant chain “Texas Roadhouse,” had a severe case of Tinnitus after catching COVID-19.
Sadly, it got the better of him and he took his own life at 65-years-old.
From The Blaze
According to WCMH-TV, Taylor died Thursday.
In a statement, Taylor’s family confirmed that the CEO “took his own life” after battling “post-COVID-related symptoms, including severe tinnitus.”
“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 family’s statement said. “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 with tinnitus.”
In a Facebook post, the restaurant said, “We will miss you, Kent. Because of you and your dream of Texas Roadhouse, we get to say we [love] our jobs every day.”
Taylor made news over the last year by donating his salary to frontline restaurant workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to The Hill, the donation from Taylor’s base salary “amounted to just under $525,000 and his bonus was $525,000 as well.”
“On a prorated basis, the foregone salary and bonus would be just under $1 million donation to employees,” a spokesperson said at the time.
In a statement, the family and the restaurant jointly said, “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. 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.”
In the wake of Mr. Taylor’s death, “Texas Roadhouse” has named Jerry Morgan as the CEO.
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Texas Roadhouse opened in 1993 in Louisville, Kentucky. Now the chain has more than 600 restaurants in 49 states.
We send our prayers to the Taylor family.
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