Cause of death of Hodad’s owner released
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.