Texas Roadhouse Founder and CEO Kent Taylor has reportedly committed suicide at the age of 65. According to the AP, the company and his family released a statement saying Taylor took his own life after suffering what they described as "severe post-COVID symptoms." His death was confirmed on Sunday.

According to his family, some of the symptoms he suffered included severe tinnitus, which is a common condition where a person hears ringing in one or both ears. Tinnitus is caused when very loud noises overload and damage the cochlear hair cells in the inner ear. This damage can be permanent and forces the rest of the inner ear to overwork which leads to Tinnitus, according to the Daily Mail.

Some of the symptoms of long-term COVID, also known as "long haul" COVID, include tinnitus with about 40% who had tinnitus reporting it getting worse, per Science Daily. According to the statement:

"Kent battled and fought hard like the former track champion that he was, but the suffering that greatly intensified in recent days became unbearable. 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."

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Kent Taylor had recently donated funding to a clinical study that is helping military members who suffer from tinnitus, according to Newser.

Kent Taylor opened his first Texas Roadhouse in 1993 and the company has grown to over 600 locations across the world. At the beginning of the pandemic, Taylor received praise for donating his salary to his company's front-line employees.

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