Ben Ali

 

Age: 82

 

Summary: Trinidad-born founder of Ben's Chili Bowl diner, a landmark in Washington, D.C.'s black business and entertainment district and a frequent stop for politicians and celebrities, who opened the restaurant with his wife Virginia in an old movie house in 1958, in which it became a longtime fixture in the black business community, serving up bowls of chili and its trademark chili-covered half-smokes.

 

 

Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure

 

Born: June 13, 1927

 

Died: October 7, 2009

 

Location: Washington, D.C.