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March 4, 2011

Heart Attack Grill spokesman dies

Blair River, the 575-pound spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill in Chander, Ariz., is dead, at the age of 29. The Heart Attack Grill earned itself some notoriety (including a report on CBS Sunday Morning) for being, as the USA Today's obituary puts it, "unabashedly unhealthy" -- the menu includes bypass hamburgers and flatliner flies.

Check out the Heart Attack Grill website -- it's deliberately cheeky and offensive. A video, featuring River plays as soon as you click on the site. Obviously, it's morbid viewing today. But maybe purging River from the website would have been worse?

For the record, there's no evidence that River's death was related to his morbid obesity, and comments in the obituary from the restaurant's owner address what he imagines will be the response some people might have to River's death.

Here's some coverage of the coverage from Newsy.com

 

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Posted by Richard Gorelick at 5:38 PM | | Comments (1)
        

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Flatliner flies!?!?! Someone call the health department...

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You are reading the archives. For updated blog posts about the Maryland food scene, see Richard Gorelick's new Baltimore Diner blog.
Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.
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