In very sad news this week, DuMont owner and chef Colin Devlin was found dead in his car from a possible suicide, authorities reported Thursday. He was 42.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Devlin passed away from an apaprent self-inflicted gunshot wound; he had disappeared Wednesday after discovering that his restaurants were suffering financially, officials say.
Sources tell the New York Daily News that Devlin was "despondent" when he left his home on Wednesday, and texted his wife a little after to "tell her to take care of their children," NYDN says. He was found by Pennsylvania State Police near a cemetery in Fogelsville, Pa. There was no note in the car, although police have recovered a gun.
Devlin was the man behind DuMont and DuMont Burger, considered the purveyors of one of the city's greatest burgers. Devlin's other, upscale restaurant Dressler was forced to close last month after lease renewal problems, although the restaurant did have plans for further Brooklyn expansions to Clinton Hill and Prospect Heights, WSJ reports.
Grub Street reports that both DuMont and DuMont burger remain open.