LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Las Vegas Lee Discount Liquor Store founder Hae Un Lee has died at age 79 after battling pancreatic cancer, according to a statement released by the company’s media contact.
Mr. Lee was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October 2020 and died at a local hospital on August 27, 2021.
Well known to the Las Vegas community, Mr. Lee immigrated to the United States from South Korea with his wife in 1980, opening his first store a year later on Spring Mountain Road.
Over a period of 40 years, Lee and his family have made Lee’s Discount Liquor Nevada’s largest liquor retailer with 22 branches around Las Vegas, Reno, West Wendover and Mesquite.
Lee was beloved by the Las Vegas community, with many social media inundated with words of support for the family, bringing back fond memories of the funny ads and billboards posted by Mr. Lee and his son, Kenny at the over the years to advertise for the family. Business.
Governor Steve Sisolak and his wife expressed their grief in a Twitter post on Saturday, saying:
“Kathy and I join friends, families and loved ones in mourning the loss of Hae Un Lee, the Founder and CEO of Lee’s Discount Liquor. He was a great friend. This is a huge loss to our community, but Mr. Lee’s legacy will live on. We will keep his family in our hearts. “
– Governor Steve Sisolak
Pat Hickey, former Minority Leader in the Assembly, posted this message:
Sadly, Mr. Hae Un Lee, founder of Lee’s Discount Liquor has passed away. He embodied the American Dream and was a generous benefactor of many great Nevada causes. May he RIP.
– Pat Hickey
Mr. Lee was a prominent member of the community. For nearly 20 years, he led Lee’s Helping Hand, a nonprofit that reinvested millions of dollars in organizations in need across Nevada.
Mr. Lee and his wife, Sun Lee, had three children, Annie, Kenny and Tina. He has 8 grandchildren.
According to the statement, information about the service will be released as soon as arrangements are made.