KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A city that brags to the world about its iconic barbecue has lost one of its icons.
LC Richardson, the owner of LC's Bar-B-Q, died Wednesday morning a restaurant employee told 41 Action News.
Richardson first opened the popular Kansas City, Missouri, restaurant in 1986 at 5800 Blue Parkway.
The restaurant held a special place in the stomachs of Kansas City Chiefs fans, who would often visit the restaurant on their way to Arrowhead Stadium.
Several years ago, when the Chiefs first hired head coach Andy Reid, Richardson told 41 Action News he was excited about the hire because it would change the team's fortunes, leading more fans to the game, and eventually more Chiefs fans stopping by at his restaurant.
It's not clear this point how Richardson passed.
LC's Bar-B-Q released a statement on Facebook.
"Thank you to each and everyone of you that have messaged, texted, and called to check on my grandfather LC," the statement said in the Facebook post. "It’s with great sadness that I share one of KC’s BBQ legends has passed away at 86 years young. LC’s legacy ￼will continue through providing great Kansas City BBQ!"
A public viewing for Richardson is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m the Watkins Heritage Chapel located at 4000 Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard.
A private funeral service will be held in Jackson, Mississippi.
This is developing story and will be updated.