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Heart Attack Grill patron dies of a heart attack

Nearly two years ago, I wrote about a heart attack theme restaurant in Las Vegas and wondered whether it was a health hazard after its 575-pound unofficial spokesperson died at age 29 of pneumonia, likely complicated by his extreme obesity. Well, now a second unofficial spokesman of Heart Attack Grill has died — of a heart attack.

John Alleman, 52, inherited a genetic predisposition for heart problems, with both of his parents dying of heart attacks in their 50s, according to the Las Vegas Sun. He suffered a massive heart attack at a bus stop, and it’s impossible to know whether his love of the Grill — he ate there everyday — did him in.

The restaurant’s Quadruple Bypass Burger weighs in at 9,982 calories and contains 3 pounds of ground beef. You can also get French fries cooked in lard.

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At least two other restaurant patrons have developed acute heart symptoms while dining at the Heart Attack Grill, including a man who developed chest pain eating a Triple Bypass Burger, and a woman who went to get her heart examined after eating a Double Bypass Burger.

It’s not known whether these customers had a blocked artery and, if so, whether it was related to their meal, but research has shown that high-fat meals can trigger heart attacks in susceptible individuals.