James ‘Buster’ Coley, who is one of the founders of Dave & Buster, is dead at the age of 72 from an apparent suicide.
Reportedly, cops arrived at Coley’s home and found him on the floor from what they allege was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and when Coley went to the hospital he was pronounced dead.
A rep said, “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.”
His daughter Kate Corley told sources that her father recently suffered a stroke that deeply affected him.
“Buster Corley had a stroke four months ago that caused severe damage to the communication and personality part of his brain,” Kate Corley said. “The family asks for privacy during this time.”
Corley founded Dave & Buster’s with David “Dave” Corriveau in 1982.
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