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The owner of a popular tavern in Kenmore was found dead Sunday in his home, and Kenmore police said the death is being investigated as a homicide.

Vincent J. Cottone, 62, was found dead in his Landers Road home at about 11 a.m. Sunday, according to Kenmore police.

Cottone suffered “blunt force injuries,” Police Chief Peter J. Breitnauer said in a short news release that gave no other details about what happened.

Breitnauer said the Erie County District Attorney’s Office and Erie County Central Police Services Forensic Laboratory were helping in the investigation.

Cottone was the owner of Malone’s Bar & Grill, 3020 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.

He purchased Malone’s last August for $180,000 from its previous longtime owners, according to local real estate records.