Bil Rieger is dead at age 50.

He was discovered by Aspen Colorado police on Tuesday during a welfare check prompted by concerned friends. He had committed suicide by hanging.

Rieger opened Japanese restaurant Kenichi in 1991 in Aspen with two more locations following in Dallas and Austin.

He was known as being an outsize personality who loved life in the fast lane of restaurants as well as the ski slopes where he was somewhat of a speed skiing daredevil.

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