Lindsay Lohan Mourns Death of Ex; Who Was Harry Morton?

Actress Lindsay Lohan is grieving her ex-boyfriend’s unexpected death. Lohan dated businessman Harry Morton in a 2006 whirlwind romance fit for a movie. Though they broke up the same year, Lohan’s recent Instagram tribute to Morton where she describes him as her “best friend” makes it clear that the love between the two remained.

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A police spokesperson told Entertainment Tonight that Morton was found dead on Nov. 23 in his Beverly Hills home. The cause of death has not yet been released.

Lindsay Lohan and Harry Morton’s relationship

Lohan and Morton began dating in July 2006. She was 20, and he was 25 at the time. Their relationship started out great, and he appeared to be a solid partner that many felt Lohan needed as she was known for partying wildly. They spent the Fourth of July week together in Malibu and were seen all around town at the hottest restaurants. 

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Harry Morton and Lindsay Lohan | George Pimentel/WireImage

The two quickly became inseparable. They were seen holding hands at Hollywood events and spent the entire summer side by side.

They broke up in September 2006, with a source telling People the split was caused by Lohan’s knack for drama. “Lindsay did cut down on the partying, but with her it’s all relative. Harry is sober,” the source said at the time. “It wasn’t the partying that broke them up. Harry’s more low-key and not into the same stuff she’s into.”

Who was Harry Morton?

While Morton was not in the industry, he was successful in his own right. The famed Hollywood restaurateur founded Pink Taco in 1999, a food chain that serves quick but quality Mexican food. He grew the business from the ground up and had multiple locations throughout the West Coast, including in California, Nevada, and Arizona. 

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Harry Morton’s Los Angeles Pink Taco restaurant 2007 | Andreas Branch/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Morton also owned the Viper Room, a popular nightclub in West Hollywood. He comes from a family of restaurant owners. His grandfather founded Morton’s The Steakhouse, and his father is the Hard Rock Cafe chain’s co-founder. According to Heavy, Morton’s net worth grew to $300 million due to his businesses. 

Outside of his life as a club and restaurant owner, Morton was a dedicated public servant. He was a volunteer Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputy and was honored for his work by the West Hollywood Sheriff’s station in 2018. 

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Harry Morton 2012 | John Shearer/WireImage

Morton enjoyed his fortune. He purchased Elvis Presley’s former estate in Beverly Hills for $25.5 million. The Los Angeles Times described it as a 5,367-square-foot house that “sits on a cul-de-sac in Trousdale Estates and has an attached guesthouse, a four-car motor court, and a swimming pool.” 

According to Entertainment Tonight, police said no foul play is suspected in Morton’s death. Fans and friends of Morton are sending prayers to his family during this difficult time.