Jonas Bevacqua, Co-Founder of LRG Clothing Business, Found Dead in His Home
The 34-year-old co-founder and creative director of LRG, a clothing company based in Orange County, was found dead in his home, according to the OC Register. Jonas Bevacqua's death appears to not be suspicious, however the cause of death has yet to be determined.
Bevacqua founded Lifted Research Group (LRG), in 1999 with Robert Wright. The urban clothing company rose to prominence in the mid-2000s, with their clothing being worn by high-profile celebs. LRG was named to the #5 spot in Entrepreneur's 2008 "Hot 500" list of fast-growing companies.
A statement issued by LRG hails Bevacqua as a "visionary" and "a star who burned brightly in the sky and who is gone too soon."
Bevacqua grew up in Long beach, but moved to Laguna Beach with his parents in high school. His family is described by the Register as "a veritable melting pot," because Bevacqua is an American-born Vietnamese who was adopted into a family of six other adoptees and one biological sibling, all of various races. "One message LRG revisits from time to time holds particular personal meaning to Bevacqua. Adopt Children, Not Style."
An autopsy is scheduled for today.
Here's a 2008 interview with Bevacqua: