Son of Zankou Chicken founder, Vartkes Iskenderian. Opened his own branches of the extremely popular and successful fast food restaurant. He was 56 years old when he shot and killed his 45-year-old sister Dzovig Marjik, and his 75-year-old mother Margueritte on January 14, 2003 at Marjik’s Verdugo Hills home, before taking his own life. According the LA Times story, brother and sister got into a heated argument that afternoon, and Mardiros was scheduled to undergo a "medical procedure" Wednesday related to a recent diagnosis of cancer in the colon and brain.
His wife, Rita took over the business, along with their 4 sons.