James 'Buster' Coley, Dave & Buster's Co-Founder, Dead at 72

Coley co-founded the iconic adult arcade in 1982.

James 'Buster' Coley, the co-founder of the iconic adult arcade Dave & Buster's, has died. He was 72.

TMZ reports that law enforcement officers confirmed their response to a residence in Dallas on Monday, Jan. 2—Coley's birthday—where they found a man suffering from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and a representative for the restaurant/arcade chain confirmed Coley's death to the publication.

Dallas was the location of the very first Dave & Buster's in 1982. Coley owned a popular restaurant while his soon-to-be business partner, David Corriveau, owned an entertainment venue that was big with adults, which the two noticed their clientele frequently bouncing back and forth between They joined forces, with Corriveau winning a coin toss to have his name first in the brand's. Today, they have over 140 locations. 

D&B's rep said Coley would be remembered as "an innovative and creative force" and for his "pioneering spirit." They went on to add: "Buster’s passion for hospitality, his demand for excellence, and the deep care he had for his team members were unparalleled. Our hearts go out to his family at this difficult time and while we will miss his wise counsel and his easy laugh, the legacy he and Dave built endures."

Police are still investigating the incident, and a formal manner of death has not been announced at this time.