MAX LeRoy, the 30-year-old son of legendary restaurateur Warner LeRoy, was killed on Thursday afternoon when he crashed a motorcycle on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Police said he veered off the roadway and slammed into a driveway wall shortly before 1 p.m.
Some friends and family members who knew Max well initially assumed that he was drunk or high at the time of the accident, but L.A. police said there was no indication LeRoy was driving under the influence.
"He had just got a new Ducati motorbike and it seems like he lost control," said Max's sister, Bridget LeRoy. "There will be a service next weekend in New York." On hearing of Max's death, Bridget sent an e-mail to her friends asking that they hold her "strange and estranged family" in their thoughts.
A spokeswoman for the LeRoy clan told PAGE SIX's Tom Sykes, "There are strong family dynamics in the LeRoy family, but they are in no way estranged." She added, "Max's family is mourning the untimely death of a beloved son and brother."
Bridget, speaking from the hotel she owns in New Hampshire, clarified that the e-mail in which she described her family as "strange and estranged" was a personal note to her friends, written when she had just heard the news of her brother's death, and not intended for widespread circulation. She said that she, Max, and sisters Carolyn and Jennifer had all spoken to each other last week via conference call.
The tragic motorcycle crash added one more dramatic twist to the LeRoy family saga, which began with movie producer Mervyn LeRoy, whose credits include "The Wizard of Oz."
Mervyn's son Warner — who was known for his huge collection of loud, custom-made jackets and equally ebullient personality — created Maxwell's Plum, the legendary Upper East Side restaurant and singles bar that was a sensation in the 1970s. He went on to create Tavern on the Green — which Jennifer still runs — and later bought the Russian Tea Room, which closed in 2002, one year after Warner's death.
Max lived the life of a privileged New York society kid. He grew up across the hall from Sean Lennon in the Dakota, and the two were firm friends until LeRoy had an affair with Lennon's girlfriend, Bijou Phillips.
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