According to the Las Vegas Sun, John Alleman, 52, suffered a heart attack on the street outside of the restaurant last week and was taken off of life support on Monday.
The owner of the restaurant, “Doctor” Jon Basso said in an interview with the Sun that Alleman “lived ate and breathed the Heart Attack Grill” and “lived a very full life.”
Alleman, a local security guard, was a famous regular at the restaurant who ate there almost every day. He was nicknamed “Patient John” and was featured in a picture on the menu.
According to Basso, everyone at the restaurant is grief-stricken at the news about Alleman. According to Yahoo! News, this is the second time one of the restaurant’s unofficial spokesmen has died in two years.
The restaurant is known for it’s overly-fattening menu, one that features a “quadruple bypass burger” that pushes 10,000 calories. Last year, a man suffered an apparent heart attack in the restaurant while eating the restaurant’s “triple bypass burger.”
This story reminds me of James Fuller Fixx (1932 –1984), who was the author of the 1977 best-selling book, The Complete Book of Running.
Best known as Jim Fixx, he was credited with helping start America’s fitness revolution, popularizing the sport of running and demonstrating the health benefits of regular jogging.
On July 20, 1984, Jim Fixx died at age 52 of a fulminant heart attack, after his daily run. (Thanks to Bill Hicks for telling me of that story.)
I think I'll still have that burger.