Kenny Lee, the CEO of Lee’s Discount Liquor, was killed in a car crash Friday, according to a company statement Saturday morning.
The crash happened Friday morning around 10:30 a.m. on the U.S. 93 between Ely and West Wendover at mile marker 24, Nevada Highway Patrol confirmed to the Las Vegas Sun. West Wendover is an Eastern Nevada town near the Utah border where Lees Discount Liquor maintains a property.
The crash is still under investigation, but impairment is not believed to be a factor at this time.
At the time of his death, Lee served as the CEO of Nevada’s largest liquor retailer with 23 stores in Las Vegas, Reno, Mesquite, and West Wendover.
A number of the local community and business leaders have offered their condolences, including Gov. Sisolak.
Kathy and I are shocked and saddened to hear the news of Kenny Lee.— Steve Sisolak (@SteveSisolak) November 20, 2021
Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are with the Lee family. pic.twitter.com/goap8yf701
Lee’s sudden passing comes about three months after the death of his father Hae Un Lee, the company founder and philanthropist who passed away from pancreatic cancer.
Besides operating Lee’s Discount Liquor, Kenny Lee and his father were known as philanthropists who contributed millions of dollars to Nevada charities through their education-centered charity, Lee’s Helping Hand.
Kenny Lee was also an avid golfer and passionate Vegas Golden Knights fan and is survived by his wife Nami and three children, the company said.
“Please keep the entire Lee Family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” the company said in a statement.
The company said that service information will be released as soon as arrangements are made.
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