Dave & Buster co-founder James “Buster” Corley dies at 72

James “Buster” Corley, co-founder of popular arcade restaurant chain Dave & Buster’s, has died, the company announced.

He was 72 years old.

Dave & Buster’s remember Corley as “an innovative and creative force”.

“His pioneering spirit and unwavering belief that ‘everyone is someone’ has laid the foundation for bringing food and games to millions of Dave & Buster guests over the past 40 years. Buster for hospitality, his drive for excellence and his caring for his team members was unparalleled,” a company representative said.

“Our hearts go out to his family at this difficult time and while his wise counsel and easy laughter will be missed, the legacy he and Dave have built lives on,” the statement concluded.

The company did not disclose the manner of death.

The Dallas Police Department said officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 6600 block of Yosemite Lane in the Lakewood neighborhood shortly before 7 p.m. Monday and found a man “with a gunshot wound apparently self-inflicted”.

He was taken to hospital, where he died. The police department has not publicly identified the man.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that Corley died on Monday. The cause and manner of death were not available Wednesday afternoon.

His family told WFAA-TV of Dallas that the man depicted in the police incident was Corley.

“Buster Corley had a stroke four months ago that caused severe communication and personality damage to his brain,” Corley’s daughter Kate Corley told the station. “The family is asking for privacy during this time.”

She told NBC News: “Buster was a legend to us and always will be. He is a beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend and colleague to many. We hope his motto” everyone is someone “will live forever.”

Corley and David Corriveau opened their first Dave & Buster’s in a 40,000 square foot warehouse in Dallas in December 1982. It has since exploded into a franchise with more than 140 locations, according to the company’s website.

The duo decided to open their unique dining and entertainment experience after running their own businesses. In the late 1970s, Corley owned a restaurant in Little Rock, Arkansas, while Corriveau had a business providing entertainment and games a few doors down. The two noticed customers rotating between their two businesses and decided to join forces.

Corriveau died in 2015 at age 63.

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