Unofficial 'Heart Attack Grill' spokesman John Alleman dies after massive heart attack in Las Vegas
Cary Williams , Ken Ritter - AP
4:29 PM, Feb 12, 2013
LAS VEGAS - The sign at the entrance reads "Caution! This establishment is bad for your health." Now a man who was the unofficial spokesman for an infamous Las Vegas eatery famous for the 'Triple Bypass Burger' has died after suffering a massive heart attack.
John Alleman, 52, who ate at the 'Heart Attack Grill' every day was removed from life support on Monday after suffering a "massive" coronary, according to ABC News.
Restaurant owner Jon Basso reportedly was with Alleman when he died. Basso told ABC that both of Alleman's parents died in their 50's from heart attacks.
In addition to the Triple Bypass Burger, the grill offers a "Quadruple" version that weighs in at more than three pounds and is loaded with nearly 10,000 calories, a Guiness World Record.
Also on the menu are "Flatliner Fries," deep-fried in pure lard.
In 2012, laughing tourists were either cynical or confused about whether a man was really suffering a medical episode amid the "doctor," "nurses" and health warnings at the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas, a restaurant owner said Wednesday.
"It was no joke," said grill owner Basso, who promotes himself "Doctor Jon," his scantily-clad waitresses as nurses and customers as patients.
Basso said he could tell right away the man in his 40s eating a Triple Bypass burger was having trouble. He was sweating, shaking and could barely talk.
Paramedics were called Saturday night, fire spokesman Tim Szymanski said, and the man was hospitalized.
Shortly thereafter, a Washington, D.C.-based anti-meat advocacy group is asked Basso to shut down.
Officials for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine said they sent a letter to Basso, asking him to "declare moral bankruptcy" and close the restaurant.
He said the grill will be closed for John Alleman's funeral. A date is expected to be announced in a few days.