The founder of a regional landmark in the restaurant business is dead.  The Madison County Coroner confirms the death of 61-year-old “Fast” Eddie Sholar Sr. of the 900 block of Hop Hollow Drive in Alton at his home this morning.  Information released by the coroner’s office indicates he apparently took his own life.

Authorities were called to the house just before 11am Wednesday, and Sholar Sr. was pronounced dead about an hour later.  He died of a single gunshot wound to the head.  The coroner’s office says a weapon was found in his hand, there were no other indications of violence or a struggle, and written funeral instructions were recovered at the home.  Arrangements are pending at Gent Funeral Home in Alton

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