Cause of death of Hodad’s owner released

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Mike Hardin

Hodad's owner Mike Hardin

SAN DIEGO – The coroner’s office released the autopsy of the owner of the iconic San Diego burger joint Hodad’s Tuesday.

Mike Hardin died of a heart attack, Madera County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office staff told Fox 5. They do not believe alcohol and drugs were involved in the 56-year-old’s death.

More details regarding Hardin’s death were pending a toxicology report.

Hardin was found dead in a hotel room at the Holiday Inn off state Route 99 in Chowchilla at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Lt. Bill Ward said there was no evidence of foul play.

Hardin’s parents opened the original restaurant in Ocean Beach in 1969. He became a neighborhood fixture and was known as “Bossman,” which he had tattooed onto his knuckles.

Hodad’s added the downtown location on Broadway at 10th Avenue several years ago, and now runs a concession at Petco Park during the Padres season.

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