The body of VG Siddhartha the founder of India’s largest coffee shop chain has been found on a river bank after a huge search effort.
Siddhartha was traveling to Mangaluru, a port city about 350 km (218 miles) from India’s tech hub Bengaluru, on Monday when he asked his driver to wait for him on a bridge while he went for a walk.
When Siddhartha did not return his driver alerted police and a search was conducted.
His body was later found about half a kilometer from the sea by 34-year-old Ritesh D’ Souza, a local fisherman.
Authorities refused to say whether they were treating his death as suicide or foul play but local reports said Siddhartha was having financial issues before his death.
Siddhartha, 59, was widely recognized for having brought the coffee shop culture to a largely tea-loving India and he was also hailed as one of the country’s early venture capital investors.