Chef Trotter Had Aneurysm, Says Wife
He was under treatment after discovery months ago
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 8, 2013 9:15 AM CST
Chef Charlie Trotter in 2012.   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

(Newser) – The wife of acclaimed chef Charlie Trotter says that doctors discovered an aneurysm months before the acclaimed chef died and that he was taking medicine to control seizures, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Trotter was declared dead Tuesday at a Chicago hospital after paramedics found him unresponsive in his home. An autopsy ruled out foul play or trauma as a cause of death, but it can't be fully determined until further toxicology tests are conducted.

Rochelle Trotter says doctors had prescribed the "proper medication" and that medical experts had cleared her husband to travel. Trotter had recently returned to Chicago from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, but Trotter's wife says the autopsy indicated the trip did not contribute to his death.

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Nov 9, 2013 6:51 AM CST
That leaves some other unanswered questions on the proper direction for the art of preparing food. Did he eat the kind of foods that he gained fame from preparing? If so, was popular flavor more important than how wholesome the food is? (How aggressively was it sweetened and what kinds of fats went into his creations?) If this is so, and we do not know whether it is so that he made Julia Childs type dishes, did his kind of cooking cause his diseases that are caused by diet: blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.? Our food preferences change when we abandon hitherto-fore esteemed foods like over-sweetened ice cream, French fried foods and the like and replace sour cream with unsweetened Greek yogurt. The culinary arts should incorporate principles of what is best for our bodies after we digest their compositions.
Nov 8, 2013 11:34 AM CST
How the Mighty have fallen!! And to just "be gone" like that! :-(