Former Spur CEO Pierre van Tonder died on Sunday evening, the Restaurant Group announced on Monday, following his suicide attempt last week.
“Pierre passed away peacefully in hospital. We extend our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences to his wife, Jane, and children Margot and Jordan,” said Val Nichas, CEO of Spur Corporation.
Van Tonder, who retired from the restaurant chain in December after spending almost four decades working his way up from a junior restaurant manager to MD and CEO, shot himself at his Sea Point home a week ago. He managed the Spur group for 24 years as it expanded into 16 other countries and bought the steakhouse Hussar Grill and the RocoMamas burger chain and Nikoz brands.
Val Nichas said: “We thank everyone for their overwhelming support and prayers for Pierre over the past week. He was a much-loved friend and colleague to so many Spur employees and franchisees down the years.”
The Spur Group asked that Van Tonder’s family’s privacy be respected and they be given time to mourn his passing. The Corporation said that under Van Tonder’s leadership, the group expanded from a small business of about 40 restaurants into a multi-brand group with more than 630 restaurants in 17 countries.