Before becoming the governor of Kentucky, John Y. Brown Jr. turned KFC into one of the biggest and most known restaurant brands in the world. According to CNN, Brown has passed away at the age of 88.
The New York Times reported that Brown died in a hospital in Lexington, KY due to complications of COVID-19.

Brown’s daughter, CNN anchor and senior Washington correspondent Pamela Brown confirmed his death on Friday (November 25).

Brown served as governor of Kentucky from 1979 to 1983. He grew KFC from 600 stores to 3,000, eventually selling the franchise in 1971.

Brown will lie in state at the Kentucky Capitol rotunda on Tuesday (Nov. 29), with public visitation from 10 AM to 7 PM. Instead of flowers, the family requests donations to the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, which Brown founded.