James “Buster” Corley, co-founder of the fun arcade restaurant chain Dave & Buster’s, has passed away at 72 by apparent suicide.
Corley opened the first Dave & Busters in Dallas in 1982 with Davide Corriveau and after shutting down his previously owned bar, “Buster’s.”
The company released a statement describing Corley as “an innovative and creative force.”
“His pioneering spirit and steadfast belief that ‘everybody is somebody’ set the foundation for bringing food and games to millions of Dave & Buster’s guests over the past 40 years. Buster’s passion for hospitality, his demand for excellence, and the deep care he had for his team members were unparalleled,” a representative for the company said.
“Our hearts go out to his family at this difficult time, and while we will miss his wise counsel and his easy laugh, the legacy he and Dave built endures.”
The Dallas Police Department responded to a phone call of a shooting in the Lakewood neighborhood on Monday when around 7 p.m. They found a man with “an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
Corley later died at a local hospital from his injuries.
While asking for privacy, Corley’s daughter Kate confirmed the news and added, “Buster Corley had a stroke four months ago that caused severe damage to the communication and personality part of his brain.”