Delaware restaurateur Matt Haley died after being critically injured in a motorcycle accident in India.
Gov. Jack Markell confirmed the death in a statement Wednesday morning:
"Carla and I are devastated by the loss of our friend, Matt Haley," said Markell. "We joined Matt just last month at two of his restaurants and were inspired by his plans to bring his message of making the most of second chances and the importance of a healthy recovery to people across Delaware and the country. He was a world class humanitarian and we will miss him greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Earlier, Haley's business partner Scott Kammerer told The News Journal of Wilmington that Haley was traveling in the mountains when he collided with a truck. He says Haley was wearing a helmet and was expected to be transferred from a hospital in Leh, India, to New Delhi.
Haley won the 2014 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year Award.
Kammerer said Haley was at the start of a six-week trip that included stops in northwestern India and Nepal. Kammerer is president of the Matt Haley Companies, which operates restaurants in including restaurants in Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach and Ocean View.
Congressman John Carney (D-Del.) said in a statement that Haley was on a humanitarian expedition.
"It’s devastating news for all of Delaware, but in particular, the Sussex County community where his caring, giving presence was most clearly felt," said Carney.
Haley owned or operated 25 restaurants, food service outlets and liquor stores in four states.