Millionaire Boss, 69, Owner Of Many Restaurants Died 'After Being Injured In Altercation' In £1m Sussex Home

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The teenager and the 69-year-old female who had been murdered knew each other well. She was announced as the millionaire owner of the restaurant chain Sue Addis. The finding of a body at a house in the Withdean area of the town resulted.

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A millionaire owner of a series of restaurants populated by celebrities died after an altercation at her house

A millionaire owner of a series of restaurants populated by celebrities such as Bill Nighy and Katie Price, friends have reported, died after an altercation at her house. At her £ 1 million property in Withdean, Sue Addis, 69, was found, with a 17-year-old arrested on suspicion of her murder. Friends said she had suffered wounds, but it is unclear what they were in the altercation.

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She owned Donatello and Pinnochio's high-end restaurants in Brighton, with frequent appearances by Premier League players and celebrities

Mrs Addis and the perpetrator were identified to each other, and concerning the crime, the police are not searching for someone else. She owned Donatello and Pinnochio's high-end restaurants in Brighton, with frequent appearances by Premier League players and celebrities. The restaurant chain was rated one of the country's top 100 in 2004 and they have developed an empire worth over £ 6 million. Mrs Addis and her partner, Pietro, opened Donatello, with the pair running a 400-seat restaurant with their three sons, Leo, Stefano, and Mikele.

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One of her friends said that she was a very hardworking and generous lady

Speaking near her home in the peaceful suburban area of Withdean, Brighton, a friend who didn't want to be called, said, 'There has been some form of the altercation in the house by the sounds of things and Sue has suffered some injuries - that's all I know.

'It's a total tragedy. Sue was an amazing woman. She was very, very busy working from dawn till late at night but she would still give her time freely and generously to help anyone out. I'm just in tears about it.

'I can't imagine what has happened but it is just dreadful to think about. Just shocking, very shocking.' 

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One of her neighbours said that she was always ready to help others

A neighbour said: 'She was the life and soul of her restaurant business and everyone who was anyone in Brighton and Hove knew and loved Sue.

'It is devastating. She had been active during the Covid-19 pandemic working for charities and helping others as she always had. She was such a caring woman.

'Just before Christmas she was delivering Christmas dinners to the homeless with her granddaughter and she has always been very actively involved when it comes to helping others.'

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Many people were sad to know about her sudden death

Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton, said: 'So shocked and saddened to hear the devastating news of the death of the amazing Sue Addis.

So many in Brighton will be heartbroken - she was such a special presence in the city, her passion for this place & its people was infectious, & her kindness legendary. She'll be hugely missed.'

Former Hove MP Ivor Caplin said: 'I have known Sue Addis Pietro and the family for over 30 years. I am shocked at her death last night. My thoughts and condolences are with the family. Sue was so passionate about our city.'

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She was a very kind-hearted person as per a local

One local said: 'She was a lovely woman. I couldn't believe it when my neighbour told me what had happened.

'During the first lockdown, she offered to give free food to people in the sheltered housing block - it was a kind gesture.

'She'd go there asking if the residents needed anything and were very helpful.

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The family is popular among the Brighton community

'It's so sad. Her poor family. I can't begin to imagine what they must be going through.'

Another added: 'She did so much for the Brighton community over the years.' 

Speaking about her success previously, Sue said: 'We take such pride in The Lanes and, over all these years spending every day here, it has become our home from home.

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The 17-year-old was being interviewed after the finding of a body at a house in the Withdean section of the city

'We hope to be here for many years to come. I now have my grandchildren working during holiday time and we have staff who have worked for us for over 20 years.

'To know we are responsible for employing those people and they are still here all that time later makes me very proud.' 

The 17-year-old was being interviewed after the finding of a body at a house in the Withdean section of the city, a spokesperson for Sussex Police said.

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Investigators said that their investigation is currently at an early stage and there are no further details available

In connection with the woman's murder, the police are not searching for someone involved and there is no danger to the community.

The spokesman said: 'At 6.55 pm on Thursday police were called to a residential address in Cedars Gardens, Withdean, Brighton, where the woman was found deceased.

'The 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody for interview and further inquiries.'

Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Squad investigators said that their investigation is currently at an early stage and there are no further details available.

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