In a sad twist of fate, Starker’s owner John McClure was found dead today at his home…
Sources say Starker’s staffers discovered McClure at his home today after he failed to show up at the Plaza eatery and could not be reached. The unofficial word being that it was an apparent suicide.
Kansas City Police say there appears to be no foul play but are investigating.
McClure, 36, was from Tescott, Kansas and studied culinary arts at the Culinary Institute of America. He was also a chef and described himself as "Head Taco Maker" at Barrio, a new Latin eatery poised to open in Westport at 4141 Pennsylvania.
McClure’s friends flooded his Facebook page with heartfelt comments ranging from "Rest in peace Pony. You will be missed my friend" and "There must have been a job opening in Heaven for an amazing chef and man…that could be the only explanation" to "I will miss you so much!! You taught me so much in the kitchen and in life. You were like a brother to me through the good and the bad. Goodbye my friend."
The flip side of that grieving:
Star reporter Joyce Smith used her Facebook page to troll for details, posting, "Hearing some bad news on Starker’s chef/owner John McClure. Hoping not. Anyone have updates?"
"I think it’s wrong how she’s trolling for sources here," says one of McClure’s friends. "If people want to grieve and leave comments, it should be on their own or on John’s page."