(CNN)—Paul McIlhenny, the chairman and chief executive of the company that makes Tabasco sauce, has died. He was 68.
McIlhenny Company, based in Avery Island, Louisiana, said he died Saturday. The cause of death was not immediately clear.
“All of McIlhenny Company and the McIlhenny and Avery families are deeply saddened by this news,” Tony Simmons, president of McIlhenny Company, said in a statement Sunday. “We will clearly miss Paul’s devoted leadership but will more sorely feel the loss of his acumen, his charm and his irrepressible sense of humor.”
McIlhenny was part of the sixth generation of his family to live on Avery Island and among the fourth generation to make Tabasco, the iconic hot pepper sauce.
I wouldn’t be surprised if you decided to do Tabasco shots in his memory.