Second Spokesman For Heart Attack Grill Dies . . . Of A Heart Attack

Heart_Attack_Grill_Retro_LogoWe previously discussed how a man recently died while eating a 6,000-calorie Triple Bypass burger at the infamous Heart Attack Grill. That death followed the death of Blair River (a 572-pound obese 29-year-old man) as their spokesman. Now the restaurant’s second unofficial spokesman, John Alleman, has died of a heart attack in front of the restaurant.

Signs at the restaurant read “Caution. This establishment is bad for your health.” The restaurant offers the “Quadruple Bypass Burger” with four meat patties and weighing more than 3 pounds. It won the Guinness World Record as the “world’s most calorific burger” with a whopping 9,982 calories.

River was featured on the website, which jokes about the risk of “mild death.”

The menu features such things as “Quadruple Bypass Burger” and “Flatliner Fries.”

Alleman suffered a heart attack last week as he waited at the bus stop in front of the restaurant. He was 52.

The owner Jon Brasso noted that Alleman had a genetic predisposition for cardiac problems since both of his parents died of heart attacks in their 50s. He added that “He lived, ate and breathed the Heart Attack Grill.” That seems a bit of a bad combination. A predisposition for heart attacks and living, eating, and breathing at the Heat Attack Grill. But then again I am just a juris doctor.

Source: Las Vegas Sun

22 thoughts on “Second Spokesman For Heart Attack Grill Dies . . . Of A Heart Attack

  1. Eat, eat, eat that Bypass Burger. Eat, eat, eat it till you eat yourself to death. Tell St. Peter at the Golden Gate that you hate to have him wait, but you’ve just got to have another Bypass Burger. My apologies to Tex Williams.

  2. I think that Alleman’s family should take an action against Heart Attack Grill on the basis that they didn’t really, really, seriously warn him that the food might contribute to health problems.
    With a good lawyer, this might suceed under the Always Somebody Else’s Fault Law.

  3. it isnt the length of time you have, it is the amount of enjoyment you get from life. There is nothing better than a double cheeseburger. I guess this man died content and not miserable. We should all be so lucky.

    “better to have a short life doing that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.”

    Alan Watts

    “The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.”

    Ayn Rand

  4. Bron,

    I’m glad you’ve been listening to/reading(?) Alan Watts. He’s good for you. But Rand got it wrong. Watts is talking about happiness – an end result – but you’ve omitted what Watts would say about what causes happiness. Rand is misconstruing morality (that which teaches you what is right but may not bring you happiness) as a justification for selfishness (doing what you want so long as it makes you happy) – a causation as a false equivalence to an end result.

    Example (purely hypothetical): Say I have a neighbor I would justly love to just kick the crap out of but I don’t because I think it is ethically wrong. Not because I can’t, not because I’m worried about legal sanction, not because he doesn’t “deserve it” for his belligerent but so far non-violent actions, but because I firmly believe that ethically unless he breaches the rule of physicality and acting with direct violence towards me or my loved ones that I should not use violence to put an end to his endless annoyance.

    I do not enjoy resisting the urge to smack him down every time he opens his idiotic mouth as he’s the kind of person that draws universal ire. In this case, doing the ethical thing brings me no happiness, but I do it anyway because it is the right thing to do.

    This does not make me happy.

    In Rand’s construction, morality has failed to meet her own (made up) definition of morality as being self-serving for the individual’s happiness as the highest goal of morality. Morality (although you know I prefer the term ethics) is not about pleasure but about principle and it can cause you either happiness when following a principle coincides with your desire or pain to follow a principle that is conflicting with a desire. As with many things, her definitions are twisted to justify her mental illness which circles about her slavish devotion to herself – the individual – above all other considerations. (I know you’ll probably want to argue that point, but read on and remember that we can rehash old arguments or you can continue reading to see the point I’m making.)

    Watts – in context of his other writings – is talking about living a life free from the shackles of desire. A totally different concept that frees one to be happy regardless of any conflict between desire and principle by removing desire from the equation and replacing it with acceptance, compassion and understanding. To continue the example, when looking at the situation without desire as a factor, I am happy even though my neighbor is a douche bag because I accept that as a fact and understand that his bad behavior – so long as it does not cross the line of physicality – is his problem and a problem it is for most people treat him like he acts like a douche bag. Instead of feeling anger as a response, I feel pity for his wretched life even if he enjoys spreading misery as that would speak to the smallness and emptiness of his internal life. An object of scorn becomes an object of pity through the application of compassion. As such, I can be happy in doing the right thing even if it may not be what I might desire which would again be for him to get some of the obnoxiously stupid beat out of him as a form of karmic justice.

    Do you grok the distinction?

  5. I love our Constitution and Bill of Rights. I 100% support (in principal, not by eating there) this establishments right to serve the food they do. There should be no law suites if someone dies after eating said food. In this day and age, there is no excuse that a person eating this food should be unaware of the hazards. I fully support your right to eat yourself to death.

  6. To be fair, the restaurant does have a warning clearly posted on their door:

    “Last year, Basso [the owner] gave a candid interview to Eater Vegas. He calls his burger concept “absolutely honest” and explains ‘I don’t tell anyone to come to the Heart Attack Grill more often than once a month. I say it right in the door, ‘Caution this establishment is bad for your health.'”

  7. I am waiting for Adam Richman, the star of “Man Versus Food” on the Travel Channel to end up like this. I look in on the show from time to time, but I get indigestion just from watching brief segments.

    Quantity and quality are not the same thing.

    As Robert Heinlein said, “Stupidity cannot be cured. Stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death. There is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity.”

  8. OS,

    Agreed. Some of the things he does are insane. I read where Alton Brown, host of “Good Eats” (probably my favorite cooking show next to anything by French kitchen ninja Jaques Pepin), criticized MvF as “an exercise in gluttony”.

  9. Otteray Scribe – re: your Heinlein quote:

    Total agreement. Usually, Darwin Awards are handed out to people who kill themselves with guns, explosives, weights or other dangerous things. But in this case, a Darwin Award would apply for evolutionary reasons.

    Evolutionary change in a species takes about 10,000 years, but organized human civilzation is less than 7,000, and the average modern “diet” is less than 50 years old. That idiot ate more fat, salt and sugar in one “meal” than nomadic gatherer/hunters of 10,000 years ago ate in a month. Humans are evolved to crave the taste of fat and sugar because at the time we evolved, it made up very little of the human diet.

    Eating that much crap on a regular basis will inevitably kill someone. His death shouldn’t surprise or merit any more concern or pity than a heroin overdose. It’s a choice and an addiction, not a disease.

  10. Someone will live to rue the day that he named that restaurant. Or is it, he will die to rue the day. Why would anyone “rue” a day anyway? But, the whole notion of eat til ya drop is something that could catch on and we could elminate some nursing homes and assisted living places. I would rather be dead than sit around all day watching Fox News and playing scrabble.

  11. “It won the Guinness World Record as the “world’s most calorific burger” with a whopping 9,982 calories.”

    They couldn’t add a dab of mayo to push them over 10,000?

  12. Waldo,
    February 13, 2013 at 11:02 am

    “It won the Guinness World Record as the “world’s most calorific burger” with a whopping 9,982 calories.”

    They couldn’t add a dab of mayo to push them over 10,000?”

    thanks for the laugh.

  13. Take one for the team

    Makes sense. During certification training for Tasers, you have to be lit up once yourself. I guess heart attack is a pre-requisite for Heart Attack Grill spokesmen as well.

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