Heart Attack Grill Claims Another Victim; Spokesman John Alleman Dies Of Heart Attack
The Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas, world-famous for its Double, Triple, and Quadruple Bypass burgers, lost its unofficial spokesman John Alleman to complications resulting from a heart attack on Monday. Alleman suffered the heart attack just outside of the Heart Attack Grill where he was a regular patron. In fact, Alleman frequented the restaurant so often he inspired the owners to create a cartoon character named "Patient John" on the menu. The caricature even appears on clothing and other Heart Attack Grill merchandise.
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"He lived a very full life," said restaurant owner Jon Basso. "He lived, ate and breathed the Heart Attack Grill."
Basso told the Las Vegas Sun that Alleman came to the Heart Attack Grill nearly every single day, including Christmas. Alleman is the second unofficial spokesman to die in the Heart Attack Grill's nearly two-year history in Las Vegas. In March 2011, Blair River -- known as the Grill's "Gentle Giant" -- died of flu-related pneumonia. The 575-pound spokesman was just 29.
Two months later, a woman suffered from a similar medical problem while reportedly eating a Double Bypass Burger. Basso said he hopes Alleman's death serves as a warning for people who think heart attacks only happen to the obese and the elderly.
"Heart attacks aren't a laughing matter," he said. "You don't have to be tremendously old or fat. You can be in your 30s and 40s and die of a heart attack."
The following tribute to Alleman is on the Heart Attack Grill's Facebook page:
For the past 18 months if you happen to walk by the Heart Attack Grill you were probably approached by our new spokesman John Alleman. So colorful was John's sales pitch that we placed him on the cover of our menu. He was so popular with the customers that last summer we gave him his own "Patient John" clothing line on our website. John truly loved HAG and would spend hours every day getting the word out to anyone who would listen.
We are sad to say that John, at only 52, had a massive heart attack and is on life support in the cardiac unit at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas.
John had never been married and has no children. He was proceeded in death by his mother and father. He is survived solely by his brother and roommate Paul Alleman, who has made the humane decision to discontinue John's life support on Monday Feb 11.
For a great person like John to just fade away into the night without funeral attendance would truly be an injustice to his wonderful life. For that reason the Heart Attack Grill shall close in observance of John's funeral once the exact date is determined.
John was a fun spirited man who valued laughter above all else. He was loved deeply and will be missed.
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