After news broke on the internet yesterday, the Orange County Sheriff confirmed that LRG’s co-founder Jonas Bevacqua, 34, was found dead Tuesday in his Laguna Beach, California home.
The cause of death has not been determined according to Supervising Deputy Coroner Kelly Keyes said. The Laguna Beach Police Department’s spokesperson said the death does not appear to be suspicious. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning.
According to the Orange Country Register, “Entrepreneur magazine reported the company had sales of $5 million in 2002 and $150 million in 2006, earning it the No. 5 spot on the publication’s 500 fastest growing companies.
LRG's CEO Robert Wright and CFO Charlie Moothart issued the following statement:
To our extended LRG Family:
Yesterday, we lost an icon. Jonas Bevacqua was a true pioneer in the fashion industry. As co-founder of LRG, Jonas was a creative visionary, loved by those around him. Jonas was a friend, partner, father, mentor and a very caring person who inspired so many of us who were fortunate enough to be around him.
Jonas is survived by his dedicated family, including his fiancé, son, seven siblings and his mother and father, whom he loved and respected above all. We ask that everyone keep his family in their hearts and prayers and respect their privacy in this time of incredible grief.
Jonas lives on in every member of his LRG Family. Jonas' amazing love for the brotherhood of the LRG Family is shared by all. Through our love and respect for Jonas and each other, we will become closer, stronger, and we will persevere in his honor. Jonas was a mentor to an astonishing group of creative individuals at LRG who will carry his vision for many years to come.
Jonas was a star who burned brightly in the sky and who is gone far too soon. There is a hole in our hearts that will never be filled. He will always be loved and missed by his friends, family, and all those he inspired. He is in a better place and will be watching over us always.
Rest In Peace Brother –you will be missed greatly, but never forgotten.
With love and respect,
The Entire LRG Family.
According to a post on Vibe.com:
There is little information to report on the cause of this fashion icon's death, but a confirmation was made this afternoon via Twitter from online clothing store, Karmaloop, a carrier of LRG.
"Our thoughts & prayers go out to the loved ones of Jonas, co-founder of LRG. We’re deeply saddened by this news. Rest in Peace." – via @Karmaloop on Twitter
Bevacqua, who is a native of Southern California, developed LRG alongside Co-Founder and business partner Robert Wright in 1999.
In an interview with HypeBeast at the beginning of May, Bevacqua described LRG as an independent, family-operation, apparel company with multicultural roots, delighting in the collaborations between their extended family of professional athletes, artists, and musicians.
Our thoughts go out to friends and family of Bevacqua. Stay tuned for more information as it develops.