James ‘Buster’ Corley, one of the co-founders of the Dave & Buster’s restaurant chain, died in an apparent suicide at the age of 72.
According to TMZ, law enforcement officers were called to a residence in Dallas on Monday, January 2, which is also Corley’s birthday. Police at the scene found a man dead with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A representative for the restaurant/arcade chain confirmed Corley’s death to TMZ.
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D&B’s representative, who was not identified, said Corley would be remembered as “an innovative and creative force” and for his “pioneering spirit.”
They went on to add: “Buster’s passion for hospitality, his demand for excellence, and the deep care he had for his team members were unparalleled. Our hearts go out to his family at this difficult time and while we will miss his wise counsel and his easy laugh, the legacy he and Dave built endures.”
Authorities said that they are still investigating the incident. A formal cause of death is yet to be announced.
“Buster Corley had a stroke four months ago that caused severe damage to the communication and personality part of his brain,” Corley’s daughter Kate told WFAA. “The family asks for privacy during this time.”
Who was James ‘Buster’ Corley?
Corley founded Dave & Buster’s alongside David Corriveau in Dallas in 1982. Before coming together, the two men were operating separate businesses — Buster a restaurant, Dave an arcade — near each other in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Following its success, the company opened more than 140 locations nationwide, combining restaurant food with arcade games.
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The two served as co-CEOs from 1982 to 1989. They later sold the business to retail conglomerate Edison Brothers. However, they remained as board members. Dave & Buster’s remains one of the largest “eatertainment” companies in the US.