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. (Read more Charlie Trotter stories.)

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