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Lee’s Liquors Owner Kenny Lee’s Car Crash Led to Tragic Death


We are deeply saddened to inform you that Lee’s Discount Liquor CEO Kenny Lee’s car accident led to his tragic death at the age of 53. May he rest in peace.

The company announced the heartbreaking news and confirmed the information on Saturday. The company revealed the crash happened Friday morning in West Wendover. That’s in northern Nevada near the Utah border.

A company spokesperson shared a statement to confirm the sad news. “It is with very heavy hearts that we regretfully announce that Kenny Lee passed away in a vehicle accident yesterday, November 19, 2021.

Lee’s Liquors Owner Kenny Lee's Car Crash Led to Tragic Death
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“Kenny was the CEO of Lee’s Discount Liquor, Nevada’s largest liquor retailer with 23 stores in Las Vegas, Reno, Mesquite, and West Wendover. He was an active member of the community, who, with his father, founded Lee’s Helping Hand, that over the past 20 years, has contributed millions of dollars to Nevada charities.

“Kenny was an avid golfer, passionate Golden Knights fan, and most importantly, a loving son, husband, and father. Kenny and his wife, Nami Lee, have three children, Nathan, Morgan, and Addy,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

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Kenny Lee’s Car Accident Shocked Everyone

Kenny Lee’s car accident shocked many people. The crash occurred Friday morning in West Wendover and led to the CEO of Lee’s Discount Liquor’s Death.

The accident happened just before 10:30 a.m. on U.S. 93 between Ely and West Wendover. West Wendover is an eastern Nevada town near the Utah border and where his company has one of its 23 retail stores.

Impairment is not believed to be a factor at this time, Nevada Highway Patrol public information officer Ashlee Wellman said.

Kenny was driving south in a white van transporting alcohol when the van passed the center line, causing a partial head-on collision with a truck heading north, Wellman said.

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The white truck tried to swerve out of the way, but Kenny — who was not wearing his seat belt — was ejected from the vehicle. Unfortunatly, Lee was pronounced dead at the scene, Wellman added.

The truck’s driver, who was not yet identified, sustained minor injuries.

Kenny Lee’s death comes just months after the passing of his father and Lee’s founder, Hae Un Lee, known around town as “Mr. Lee.” The founder died from cancer at 79.

Kenny, who featured prominently in advertisement billboards with his father, became the company’s president in 1993.

After his father passed away, Kenny became the owner of the company, which has 23 stores, making it the largest liquor chain in Las Vegas.

About 20 years ago, Hae Un Lee founded the Lee’s Helping Hand nonprofit that has donated “millions of dollars” to many charities in Nevada that focus on education, adoption and disabilities, and immigration services.

The company described Kenny as a loving son, father, and husband and noted that he also loved golfing and the Vegas Golden Knights.

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Reactions to Kenny Lee’s Death

Shortly after the heartbreaking news of Theuns Jordaan’s death was revealed, several friends and social media users stated their condolences and paid poignant tributes to him.

John Katsilometes wrote: “Confirmed #KennyLee, son of Lee’s Liquors founder, Hae Un Lee, died at about 9 p.m. Friday after a car accident near Elko. The younger Lee had taken over Lee’s after Hae Un’s death in August. Very sad moment for Lee family & friends and our city. #RJNow @reviewjournal.”

So shocked to hear Kenny Lee died. Lee’s Liquor. I just saw him @GoldenKnights Tuesday. NICEST GUY. So sad. Apparent car accident #prayers we just lost his dad a few months ago,” Jason Feinberg tweeted.

Chet Buchanan Wrote on Twitter: “Like many…my heart is shattered, and I literally gasped upon hearing the news of Kenny Lee’s untimely and sudden passing. A horrible loss, on so many levels, for all of us. He made everyone feel like we were his best friend. Rest well, brother. We’ll miss you.”

“Such sad news. It’s only been a few months since his dad passed away. How heartbreaking for the Lee family,” one Twitter user wrote.

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