Heart Attack Grill's top patron dies of a heart attack
February 13th, 2013
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John Alleman visited the Heart Attack Grill so often, the restaurant designed an entire line of clothing featuring a cartoon of its beloved "Patient Joe," and placed his face front and center on their menu. Now the restaurant reports via its Facebook page that its most loyal patron has passed away at age 52, from a heart attack.

The nighttime construction site security guard was never officially on the restaurant's payroll, but he was such a fixture at the Downtown Las Vegas restaurant, encouraging passersby to come in, he came to be known as its unofficial spokesman.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Alleman suffered a heart attack while waiting for a bus in front of the restaurant, which boasts highly caloric menu items such as the 9,982 calorie Quadruple Bypass Burger, Butterfat Milkshakes and Coronary Dogs.

Alleman remained at Sunrise Hospital until his brother Paul, his only surviving relative, made the decision to remove him from life support on Monday. Alleman passed away soon after.

A statement on the restaurant's Facebook page read, "To all who've given hopes and prayers for John's struggle in the cardio vascular unit, it ended humanely this morning at 10am. Dr Andy and Dr Jon were at bedside as John slipped into the next world. WE LOVE YOU BROTHER!"

"Dr. Jon" refers to Heart Attack Grill's owner Jon Basso. He is neither a medical professional nor a stranger to controversy - or loss of his most avid fans. The restaurant's previous 575-pound spokesman, 29-year-old Blair River, died in March 2011 at the age of 29. In February 2012, the restaurant made headlines when another patron suffered a heart attack while eating a Triple Bypass Burger.

Heart Attack Grill is perhaps best known for actively courting fans and nayayers alike with slogans like "Taste worth dying for!" and "Cash only, because you might die before the check clears."

Menu items like lard-fried "Flatliner Fries," highly caloric "Butterfat Shakes" and unfiltered cigarettes abound, scantily clad female servers dressed as nurses take orders as "prescriptions," and a house policy allows diners weighing over 350 pounds to eat for free.

Basso told the Las Vegas Sun that he currently has no plans to alter the Grill's menu, though it will remain closed the day of Alleman's funeral.

Previously - Man suffers heart attack while eating "Triple Bypass" burger at Heart Attack Grill

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  1. lean6

    Saw this guy on Man vs Food when they passed through this place. This is just like Dr. Kevorkian and assisted suicide. The guy ate there free EVERYDAY!!!

    February 13, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
  2. Joe

    Other: I would protest anyone going to this joint if their way to make money is to feed you a death burger.

    February 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • steven

      Why? People are voluntarily eating it

      February 13, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
    • sam stone

      then stand outside and protest it

      February 13, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
  3. Rattatooie Kablooie

    Live by the burger, die by the burger! All hail the sovereign bovine!

    February 13, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
  4. Greygoose2414

    I think it's awesome that someone can do as he chooses even if it may cause HIS OWN demise. We all make choices.

    February 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
    • Cynic

      The ability to make your own choices: good or bad. That is what freedom is. The Health and Safety Nazis don't care about this man as much as they care about their "duty" to control him and the rest of us.

      February 13, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
      • John Farmer

        So Wall St. doing what they wanted that caused the 2008-2009 economic collapse, is called freedom? Ah, gotcha.

        Sorry, all humans need limits – every parent knows this.

        February 13, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
  5. douglaswilson734232356

    This is horrible And I believe that the Cafe is making fun of obese people. Why would you endorse morbidly obese people come and eat free? YOU KILLED THIS MAN!

    February 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
    • Rattatooie Kablooie

      Lighten up, Frances.

      February 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
      • krat06

        ahahahahaha....good one

        February 13, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
    • Ms. McCarthy

      To be honest, the fatties and hippos should all be made to go and eat and eat until they drop dead. These chubbies are ruining our insurance and health care system . Some are even allowed to make bad cheesy movies!

      February 13, 2013 at 2:52 pm |
      • Kevin Smith

        Don't talk about Michael Moore that way.

        February 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
        • adam

          I think she was talking about John Candy.

          February 13, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
    • EL Nino

      nah they are not making fun, seems like they are celebrating

      February 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
    • me

      No one killed this man but himself and his poor habits.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
  6. Adam

    We need more of these! Imagine the fat people we can kill off early! Lol awesome.

    February 13, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
    • lean6

      It's not only obese people that die from heart attacks...you know....

      February 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
  7. Petercha

    Betcha he died with a smile on his face!

    February 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
    • bannister

      Betcha he didn't....

      February 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
      • Kevin Smith

        Betcha he did

        February 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm |
    • sam stone

      yes, i am sure heart attacks are so peaceful

      February 13, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
    • silkrose

      I always tell my kids that if they find me dead with chocolate in my mouth, I died happy.

      February 13, 2013 at 4:04 pm |
      • adam

        I really hope your kids are adults... otherwise, that's just disturbing...

        February 13, 2013 at 5:34 pm |
  8. tluv00

    The great thing about the free market is that business owners are free to conduct their business while patrons are free to patronize. Nothing to see here folks. Move on.

    February 13, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
    • MeeBee

      I agree that a business should be allowed to serve what it please and people allowed to eat what they please. But this place sounds like more of a novelty and I feel the restaurant should have exercised a little bit of responsibility by not encouraging him to eat there everyday. I wouldn't eat a fried butterball from the state fair everyday. I know, it's a free country and it was his choice...I'm conflicted.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
      • sam stone

        the product is legal. the restaurant was not denying that their product was dangerous. the restaurant bears no responsibility for this guy dying from eating too much of their legal product

        February 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
  9. John32

    We must ban Heart Attack Grill and regulate other burger joints. Biden should head the joint task force

    February 13, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
    • Petercha

      I hope you are being sarcastic, John.

      February 13, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
      • Your Mom Warned You About Me

        Talk about your death panels!

        February 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
      • JD

        I'm all for the freedom to choose to be an idiot, but no one should be allowed to serve a dish with 10 000 calories. There's a reason why the U.S. has an obesity epidemic and stuff like this definitely doesn't help.

        February 13, 2013 at 3:13 pm |
        • me

          No. One meal doesn't create obesity. A daily habit of eating too many calories does.

          February 13, 2013 at 4:36 pm |
        • Harbinger

          and yet this restaurant contirbuted to a few dozen deaths, whereas mcdonalds has contributed to hundreds of thousands...where is the outcry against serving even a 1,000 calorie meal? Do you the servers in there are astonished when I only order a sandwhich with no fries and no cola, as if sucking back 700 empty calories on top of a mildly at best nutritious burger is the norm, because it is..and there is an outcry against assault weapons which killed about 300 people in this country last year, heart disease killed about 300000..

          February 13, 2013 at 6:30 pm |
      • sam stone

        "but no one should be allowed to serve a dish with 10 000 calories"


        February 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
    • bannister

      Are you kidding? This is part of Obama's new health care plan! It's called the Early Death Burger!

      February 13, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
      • John

        No insurance, you're on your own, eat, drink, and smoke all you want. Sounds like a conservative stance to me.

        February 13, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
    • Kevin Smith

      If only burgers had been illegal, he would still be alive.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:15 pm |
    • Joshua

      Right cause a 400lbs man wasn't going to die of a heart attack. :rolls eyes:
      I have a suggestion, how about you loose some weight and I dunno exercise!

      February 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm |
  10. Anthony Cassio

    Lipid theory is false. It is the flour, sugar, white rice, and french fries that are the deadly sins there not the burger patties, cheese, or bacon. Refined carbohydrates kill. The diseases of civilization are caused by them.

    February 13, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
    • EatGrass

      The hormones and antibiotics they feed livestock mean they have their own problems as human food, beyond the lipid issue. Livestock was not meant to eat corn and in order to raise them on it they require more medication than otherwise necessary. Their milk contains blood and pus... Take a look at CAFO – the book on feedlot meat raising and you'll see
      animal muscle protein has it's own issues. When cows ate grass they also contained vitamins etc. that were beneficial to humans, like K2 which directs calcium in the body into bones and out of heart valves, which are not synthesized from corn feed.

      February 13, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
      • sam stone

        also, apart from the health issue of the meat itself, we are likely not meant to be eating as much of it as we do

        February 13, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • JD

      I would never say rice is a killer (especially having healthy asian diets heavily based on it for thousands of years) but processed foods like white sugar, many bread products, and dairy can have pretty adverse effects. I like the idea of a paleo diet, just don't know if I could pull it off.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
  11. sed87

    I am an American,Veteran,Fat,Sarcastic,food induing nympho maniac,gun whore, and loving every minute of it !! God Bless America!!!!!

    February 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
  12. ryan

    This place is definitly not my cup of tea. However, I'll take a fat person anyday over a self-rightous skinny one.

    February 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
    • Deb

      Self-righteous or smart, as opposed to either ignorant or in denial?

      February 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
      • ryan

        Self rightous as in people who stand on soap boxes proclaiming they're superiority for eating organic rabbit food. Good for you, now shut-up.

        February 13, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
        • Petercha

          Good point, Ryan. I feel the same way.

          February 13, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
        • Snarkysnark

          I wish there was a "thumbs up" button here cause I'd give you two!!!

          February 13, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
        • Jean

          Right there with you Ryan.

          February 13, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
        • MeeBee

          Sounds like they just make you feel guilty because of your own eating choices.

          February 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
        • its karma

          as long as I'm not compelled to pay for even 1 red cent of the blimpy's health insurance costs, I'm all for the Darwinian death by over-eating scheme. Better to die at 52 than to cost us all $$$$$$$ over the long run. It is your choice, just like having an abortion, but I don't want to pay for it – the bottom line.

          February 13, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
        • geospatiallibrarian

          I'd prefer an intelligent person who knows how to take care of themselves to some gross, debilitated person with non self-control who's overburdening the health care and insurance systems for the rest of us. I wonder how many men here complaining about the "self-righteous" would prefer an obese woman over a skinny one.

          February 13, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
        • ryan

          I’m not a perfect eater by any stretch. I don’t smoke and I rarely drink, but I do have a weakness for junk food. I used to run and lift weights a few times a week but I’ve fallen off a bit over the last few months and have put on a little weight. I don’t pretend to be perfect. I think a lot of the self-rightous flock to articles like this to thumb their noses at one guy's extremely poor choices in regards to eating in order to feel better about, and, or, validate their own failings in other avenues of life. It’s the same reason people like to watch shows like ‘Hoarders’. No one is perfect, some of us are just more honest about it, even on the internet.

          February 13, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
  13. Darwin

    If only the heart attacks occurred before the age of reproduction, this would be a great way to improve the average intelligence of Americans. Alas, they do not.

    February 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
    • RettasVegas

      You were reading my mind on this one, well said.

      February 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
    • Hunter

      Ha. I wish. Happy belated birthday btw! ;]

      February 13, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
    • Petercha

      Stereotype much, Darwin?

      February 13, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
  14. lc

    This isnt funny. We have an entire country that has become morbidly obese and this cost all of us huge amounts of money annually in increased health care costs. My ex-husband has heart problems and is doing everything he can to keep the situation from getting worse such as exercise and diet and losing weight, my daughter could lose her father prematurely. Is it funny then to promote something thats so dangerous as if it's a cute little joke?

    February 13, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
    • sly

      Yes, it is funny. The restaurant is funny, the fact that the guy went there all the time then croaked is funny.

      Regarding your ex with heart troubles. Ok, perhaps he should exercise more, and eat healthier.

      I also recommend he not eat out at restaurants, which generally serve high calorie diets.

      Are you new to America? Have you ever heard of places such as McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell etc...

      Ok, have you ever heard of 'beer'? It also makes people fat.

      Just because you wonder how people get fat doesn't mean we close all the restaurants in America and prevent people from eating ...

      February 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
    • Rattatooie Kablooie


      February 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
    • Jack Sprat

      So now the "whole" county is morbidly obese. Hyperbole much??

      February 13, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
    • Truth Should Hurt

      Sounds like dumping your shrill self was the best life-style choice your ex ever made.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
      • Joshua

        Well said :)

        February 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
  15. Jaime

    At least they aren't trying to pretend that their food can be healthy, like fast food restaurants do these days.

    February 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm |
  16. Michael McCarthy

    I see some people talking about rights here...

    Rights go hand in hand with responsibilities. You certainly have a right to eat, drink and be merry on anything you want and whenever you want to.

    You also have a responsibility to be sensible. Someones lack of responsiblity always costs me. My lack of responsibility can and probably will cost someone else.

    If people honestly feel that they can do whatever they want, whenever they want without consequence then I think you should be able to. But I also think you should be refused medical treatment if your fat because, lets face it, fat people are fat through no one elses fault but their own.

    The people with "glandular problems" do exist... but they are rare. 99% of obese people get their through poor choices they are free to make.

    We, the taxpayers and insurance premium payers, suffer beause of these peoples self righteous lack of accountability. And we know who you are, the entire south...

    February 13, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
    • Deb

      Right on!

      February 13, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
    • Sue

      Thank you! Funny how "indidual" rights folks always manage to forget that. You can do anything you want as long as it doesn't impose on others or cost others money. If you want to eat until you die, and you pay every dime of your FULL medical bill – no insurance – go for it.

      February 13, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
      • SeilnoigileR

        Mostly because their definition of 'liberty' is a lot closer to 'anarchy'. That's why they're fine with limiting some folks' rights and screaming when it's one of 'their' precious rights. They only truly care when it affects them directly.

        February 13, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
    • Jack Sprat

      Oh go blow it out your !#$. This country would be a whole lot better without little fascists like you.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • Truth Should Hurt

      Mind your own damn business.

      And - no - what grown-ups eat is NOT any of your business.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:21 pm |
    • Harbinger

      not the entire south, but at 6'0 and 190 you can expect I am the skinniest person here...

      February 13, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
      • mommamill

        5 foot 10 1/2 inches 158 pound Texan

        February 13, 2013 at 10:43 pm |
    • Harbinger

      The 10 fatest states in America are:
      all in the south with the exception of Michigan...this man has a point, but to be fair the margin between these states and the rest of the country is a few percentage points, and being that the south is generally less populated than the northeast and west, more fat people are in those places anyway, we just have more to a head. Not all of us in the south are fat, most are average, and some are downright hot,

      South louisiana still has the best looking women in the country, period.

      February 13, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
      • Southern Comfort

        Today's "hot" southern girls are probably tomorrow's fat mommas. It all depends what you put in your mouth that later ends up on your ass, and southern food sure isn't part of Weight Watchers diet.

        February 14, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
  17. sg

    have to give them credit. at least they are honest.

    February 13, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
  18. Bob

    Typical fat loving Americans. this establishment has a great business model and will continue to do well.

    February 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
  19. Eden Outpost

    Commonsense is gone in America today. We mock knowledge and commonsense and then wonder why we are so messed up. Amazing. http://www.forksoverknives.com

    February 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
    • VioletBlac

      Well said. I totally agree.

      February 13, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
    • cowstastegood

      No it isn't. Quit being so dramatic.

      February 13, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
    • cowstastegood

      How can we mock commonsense if it's gone?

      February 13, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
      • Dan

        Not gone....they are just in denial.

        February 13, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
    • ding dong III

      Exactly. See the first 5 minutes of the Mike Juge movie "Idiocracy"......its prophetic.

      February 13, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • Deb

      Love FoK! Totally agree!

      February 13, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
    • Harbinger

      its common sense, two words. And common sense has nothing to do with it. It is down to bone idleness and lack of self control of any kind. You're looking at the american dream come true.

      February 13, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
  20. Fiona

    Could the tr oll posting as "cowstastegood" be afiliated with this restaurant? I suspect so.

    February 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
    • anne112

      Me too.

      February 13, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
    • cowstastegood

      Nope, I just enjoy schooling presumptious,self-concious idiots.

      February 13, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
      • flowsephine

        must be from the internet

        February 13, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
      • its karma

        that self consciouness thing is pretty bad – who really wants to aware?

        February 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
      • SeilnoigileR

        By being judgemental and presumptious yourself....oh the irony.

        February 13, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
  21. Fatty

    Sometimes I really enjoy getting drunk and watching butterflies. I really feel fat people are disgusting. Shows celebrate fatties... look at The Biggest Loser. How about cheering the healthy, thin folks who have self control and are not fat. Durrrrr. BLAH!

    February 13, 2013 at 1:34 pm |
    • Tofer

      Are you kidding? Healthy, thin and cheerful people ARE celebrated in our society. Any magazine or commercial will tell you that. The Biggest loser doesn't praise overweight people: it tells them that if you keep this up, you'll be dead soon, work your ass off, and BECOME a healthy, thin, cheerful person.

      February 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
    • Truth Should Hurt

      When skinny vegan pain-in-the-arrse professional jogger Jim Fixx dropped dead of a heart attack at the ripe old age of 52 I laughed and laughed.

      Then I had a bacon cheeseburger and laughed some more.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
      • Johnny Deigh

        Jim Fixx was a junk food junkie who regulary feasted on burgers, donuts, and milkshakes. That's what clooged his arteries. A low-fat vegan diet would have saved his life.

        May 14, 2013 at 12:41 am |
  22. Tyler Sutherland

    Whoever writes your polling question sucks and they're obviously trying to push responses a certain direction.

    The question is "WOULD you eat at Heart Attack Grill?" and the only way to answer in the affirmative is if you can enthusiastically say that you already have, and loved it. WTF??


    Would you eat at Heart Attack Grill?

    "No, but I want to..."

    So, that means that you WOULD NOT eat at the restaurant... but you want to. Great.

    My answer is "Yes, I would."

    Not "Maybe, if I were in the area..."

    I'd just like to try their food at some point, if that's ok with you, AND YOUR MORONIC POLL QUESTION!!!!!!!!

    ... my condolences to that man's family for their loss.

    February 13, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
    • MeeBee

      You're a moron. A poll should account for every possible answer that a person could possibly think up? It's not that hard, it's a simple yes or no. Would you ever eat there? Me: no. Never

      February 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm |
  23. weezer

    Sounds like euthanasia on a commercial scale. Was Jack Kovorkian an original investor?

    February 13, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
    • Shape

      What Jack did cannot even relate to this situation.

      February 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm |
  24. lulu

    Perfect example of the dumbing of America.

    February 13, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
    • cowstastegood

      Pot, meet kettle.

      February 13, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
      • How long did it take you to think of that?

        Ooh, so clever!

        February 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
      • Eden Outpost

        The kettle is black. Wake up America and quit being so utterly stupid.

        February 13, 2013 at 1:38 pm |
        • cowstastegood

          Or just enjoy yourselves and don't worry about what presumptious, self conscious people think.

          February 13, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
      • Dan

        Hi Pot.

        February 13, 2013 at 2:23 pm |
  25. Al

    Sounds like a good way to get rid of fat, dumb people. Let's open up a resturant in every city in the South.

    February 13, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
    • cowstastegood

      Just as many fat, dumb people up North. More actually.

      February 13, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
      • JP

        Actually, @cowstastegood – you're wrong... The majority of larger Americans live in the South. https://www.willclower.com/programs/index.php?section=theproblem

        February 13, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
        • cowstastegood

          I know what I've seen with my own eyes traveling to major cities in the North and South. If there is a difference, it's not a big one.

          February 13, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
        • kevin

          your anecdotal evidence is worthless, child. An adult would know that, and not assume that your incredibly narrow viewpoint is representative of anything.

          February 13, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
      • MeeBee

        I'm from Texas and have been all over the country. Trust me when I say the South has the majority of the fattest people in the country.

        February 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
    • me

      Oh geez. Bigoted much?

      February 13, 2013 at 4:38 pm |
  26. kite005

    Well they probably practice truth in advertising.

    February 13, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
    • Eden Outpost

      This not much different than smoking while all those warnings on the label tell you this will kill you. Willful dumbness for sure.

      February 13, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
  27. mike

    Lets face it, this restaurant is all about fun.

    It is fun to go to a place with such a crazy name and eat something off the charts – once or twice in a lifetime that is.

    A visit to Vegas or many other places in the country, eating a whooping burger can happen in many restaurants.

    This is just one that make "fun" of it by name, and people can say they got to go there.

    The problem is the patron, not the restaurant. If they did not eat it there, they would find something else somewhere else that would cause the same damage. Carl's Jr is a good next bet.

    It is sad for all in the end, but ultimately people are most responsible for themselves, what they eat, and the consequences thereof.

    Unfortunately, blaming others is the easy route when it all goes wrong.

    February 13, 2013 at 1:08 pm |
    • admin

      Well said and true.

      February 13, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
    • Eden Outpost

      Offering free meals to those over 350 lbs does not help either. How about blame for all those participating in something so against intelligence.

      February 13, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
      • mike

        yeah, your right. That free meal to an over 350lb guy is not helping out the situation, nor putting the restaurant in a better light. I disagree with that policy too.

        February 13, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
    • bdgfn

      Well said, Mike. People do have to accept responsibility for their own actions. I won't say I would never go to this restaurant, just for the novelty. I might even have something off the menu, but it would be one of the smaller items. Just the picture of the quadruple by-pass burger is disgusting to me. Notice I said "to me". It's a matter of choice. As Voltaire once said, I may not agree with what you have to say (or eat), but I will defend to the death your right to say (eat) it.

      February 13, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
  28. Frank S

    Like the warning on a pack of cigarettes, the restaurant should have pictures and short descriptions of these dead champions who died in denial that the food they were eating actually was shortnening their lives. That is so current and future patrons have full disclosure of what they are exposing themselves to and can plan accordingly. Other than that, chow down, babe!

    February 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
    • baconator

      How about people just take responsibility for their own actions and stupidity

      February 13, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
      • Adam

        You can't argue with personal responsibility. It would be nice if we felt a little more responsible or loving to the people around us though... instead of treating them like a dollar sign, indiscriminately selling them guns so they can go on bloody rampage's, make a market out of feeding people insanely unhealthy food so their children can watch them die a slow, miserable death, learn from example and become "Heart Attck Grills" next target consumer. Makes you wonder if were already in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, we just don't realize it.

        February 13, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
        • Eden Outpost

          I personally don't care to own a gun but it is clear that people kill people. Guns are just a tool like a fork being used to deliver unhealthy food to the mouth. Not the forks fault either. Face it, we the people are to blame for what we the people do.

          February 13, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
    • cowstastegood

      The dude weighed 180 lbs and both of his parents died of heart attacks in their 50's. His death had nothing to do with food and everything to do with genetics.

      February 13, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
      • Eden Outpost

        Genetics has nothing to do with obesity in 98% of cases. His parents were gluttons and so was he. Simple reality.

        February 13, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
        • cowstastegood

          Neither he nor his parents were obese, doofus.

          February 13, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
        • proud to be a Veggie

          So true!!! Genetics in this country is a very simple dumb term meaning you were diagnosed along with a family member.....what it REALLY is ....is you ALL have the same bad habits passed on from generation to generation....


          February 13, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
      • skinnyfat

        Genetics is only part of the puzzle. Just because a person looks healthy on the outside doesn't mean they are healthy on the inside, and a terrible diet certainly doesn't do anything to help the cause.

        February 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
    • The Truth

      What denial? The place is called Heart Attack Grill, only a complete idiot would not know what they are eating. You think the restaurant needs to make more of an effort to warn people what they are getting into than the extremely obvious name itself? On a side note I will have to try the place out next time I am in the area, it looks good, but the name alone tells me it should not be a frequent place to eat.

      Let me guess you need warning signs not to climb over the zoo fence into the lion cage. The reason why there are so many stupid people is that we spend tons of money and effort to protect them from themselves. Save the money, let Darwinism thin the herd. That's how species survive in nature, only the best survive to old age. Humanity is doing the opposite, by overly protecting the stupid we are making society as a whole stupid.

      February 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
    • voiceofresaon

      Frank are you actually implying that people have to be shown pictures of other dead people to understand tht smoking/eating like crap are bad for you? If you are you are a perfect example of what is wrong in this country, it is people like you that award million dollar settlements to people who need to be told that coffee is hot. You are pathetic.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
  29. Fiona

    This makes me ashamed to be human.

    Will the next step in feeding depravity be factory-farm themed? Patrons could be herded through chutes, encouraged with "mild" cattle prods, into grate-bottomed pens crowded with other eager patrons waiting (under warming lights!) for their delicious meals. When the theme-named ("Pretty Porker, "Tanks a Lot") calorie-packed, macerated slop sluices into the troughs, patrons can experience the joy of competing with their fellow diners for their portion. After dinner, servers dressed in rubber aprons will appear with a hih-power hose to wash the happy diners down.

    Good times.

    February 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
    • cowstastegood

      Get over yourself.

      February 13, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
      • proud to be a Veggie

        No.....actually get "INTO" yourself!!!

        February 13, 2013 at 9:46 pm |
    • Adam

      Even more frightening is that your scenario is actually possible today because God forbid someone touches our "freedoms" or interferes with us killing eachother in more and more gruesome ways.

      February 13, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
      • DCLaw

        Let me guess Adam.... You are a humanities major at a private school. As you prepare for a career in either the bike messenger or fast food coffee industries, you are gunning up (pun intended) your angy, aloof attitude earned by reading blogs, and philosophy text books? Keep sporting the wool cap and Clark Kent glasses Chief.

        February 13, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
    • Eden Outpost

      Nothing wrong with being human if you are responsible and use commonsense. Those who don't exercise commonsense or self-control will eventually eliminate themselves and the rest of us in stupid acts of foolishness.

      February 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm |
    • MikeD

      I imagine that there would be so many patrons so excited about finally being able to eat out of a trough that the humiliation of the experience would go over their heads.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
    • DCLaw

      Hey Fiona! How are you? I am guessing you are the humorless, 'rustic' looking hippy girl handing out pamphlets for the Vegan Church on the DC Metro today!?

      February 13, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
  30. Kafir

    It's OK America to take a concept to the extreme and find a way to normalize it to make it seem like a mainstream thing. Why is it ok? Cuz there's a sucker born every minute.

    February 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
    • cowstastegood

      And you're obviously one of them.

      February 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
      • Kafir

        Run along lad. and pick your jaw up off the floor.

        February 13, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
        • cowstastegood

          It landed on your purse.

          February 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
    • Marc

      Yup, just like our fascination with guns!

      February 13, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
  31. Sam

    I would eat there if they had something vegetarian to offer, but for some reason I highly doubt that.

    February 13, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
    • Kafir

      Mustard packs

      February 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • cowstastegood

      Yeah, but nobody wants to see chicks with hairy pits and smell patchouli while they are trying to eat.

      February 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
      • hypocrite

        Didn't you say something about stereotyping like, 2 minutes ago

        February 13, 2013 at 3:26 pm |
      • proud to be a Veggie

        WOW.....what are you threatened by "Cowtastesgood"

        I think EVERYTHING that you don't understand or is new to you.....you are so sad:(

        February 13, 2013 at 9:47 pm |
  32. modehead

    They hate our freedom...

    February 13, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
  33. Sue

    He or anyone can eat whatever they want. HOWEVER, people tend to forget why our federal budget has problems. Health care costs are out of hand. Many Americans don't have health insurance even if they can afford it. If you have health insurance, it is often backed by TAXPAYER dollars and/or higher rates on business and individuals who have it.

    So, if you want to eat, drink and smoke until you kill yourself that is fine. Just sign a legal waiver of any health care coverage you can't pay focompletelyly byourselflf.

    Funny how "individual" or "states" rights people complain about government involvement, but forget they are getting lots of handouts.

    February 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
    • GMoney

      Actually, individual and states rights people like me want people to pay for their own insurance or get none... then, the government doesn't hand me anything and I reep the benefits or the ills of every decision I make. That is a real system!

      February 13, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
      • juniusgallio

        And then disabled folks like me–who cannot buy insurance–can then simply die, and thus degrease the surplus population.

        February 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
    • schaz

      Arguments like this that imply that the government has a financial interest in my lifestyle are exactly why I was and still am against the so called Affordable Health Care Act. This will be used to restrict choices to those that are approved by people like Sue.

      February 13, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
    • anne112

      Agreed. Go ahead and have those daily burgers; just do me and everyone else a favor and pay for your own quadruple bypass surgery if you don't want to pay for health insurance.

      February 13, 2013 at 1:38 pm |
    • Stuart

      I'm pretty sure this guy saved the government a lot of money since he will not need his Social Security, Medicare or any other benefits program.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
    • John in WNY

      Well you obviously have no idea where the real costs in healthcare are. The most healthcare dollars are spent on keeping the elderly alive and cared for.

      So following your logic we should require anyone who wants to live beyond 60 or 65 to sign off from all healthcare so as to not pass the costs on to others.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:24 pm |
  34. not fat.

    if you dont eat there every day what is the problem..once a month or every few months would not do harm,and dont be fat and keep cramming food in your face...

    February 13, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
  35. cowstastegood

    The guy weighed 180 lbs and both of his parents died of heart attacks in their 50's. He could've been one of those communist vegans or vegetarians and it wouldn't have mattered. Say it with me people..genetics.

    February 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    • Kafir

      Those darned commies and their healthy diets

      February 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
    • Marc

      Right, his diet had nothing to do with it. Say it with me, "suicide by food".

      February 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
      • anne112

        LOl! the diet just sped up the process!

        February 13, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
    • Wow

      Genes eh? You're seem to not be aware of the mountains of scientific evidence that prove that eating increasing amounts of animal meat causes increasing rates of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and thus, heart attacks.

      February 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm |
  36. James

    Fat = flavor, there is no denying that. The problem with some people is that they don't seem to understand moderation. Eat this stuff once in awhile, and it's a delicious treat. Eat it every day, and you are choosing to significantly increase risk to your health. But it's the choice of the person eating. Nothing wrong with the restaurant.

    February 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
  37. BoneyBob

    LIve by the fat, die fat. Freedom of choice. If you donr know it is unhealthy to eat like that all the time, you are too stoopid to live that long anyway. If you are aware and make ur choice, so be it!! It is all a numbers game, calories in and calories out. Hi carb, low carb, high protein...blaa blaa bllaaaa. Enjoy life but be sensible. Now it is time for bacon and eggs cooked in the bacon grease!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 13, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
  38. Canuck Buck

    Establishments like this cull the herd ............

    February 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
  39. momplower

    If I was the #1 patron of the Heart Attack Grill that's the way I would have wanted to go out.

    February 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
  40. cowstastegood

    It takes a real man to throw down on a 6,000 calorie burger.

    February 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm |
    • Mike,Albany

      I think you left out the word "fat" between "real" and "man".

      February 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
      • Kafir

        Epic reply.

        February 13, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
      • Kat

        HaHa Ha!!!!

        A REAL FAT MAN:)

        February 13, 2013 at 9:49 pm |
  41. geni2012

    Moderation!! Everything in moderation! :)

    February 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
    • Mike,Albany

      Even moderation.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
  42. urmom

    fatty fatty 2 x 4

    February 13, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
    • Veggie Lover

      Thank goodness they (the irresponsible obese population) are killing themselves off! Good job! :o)

      February 13, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
    • not fat.

      cant get through the bathroom door.

      February 13, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
  43. Pegasus

    This is a right to choose what we eat and how much we eat without fear of government intervention. It doesn't necessarily mean you eat it all the time but the choice should remain yours to make and yours alone, just as medical advice can be followed or disregarded by a patient, it is their choice t make.

    February 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
    • Bonstey

      I disagree. Similar to mandatory seatbelts, if one person's actions have a negative economic impact on others, those actions can be legislated against. In each case (intentional obesity and not wearing a seatbelt) insurance rates rise on everyone, due to the actions of a few. The government should be permitted to curtail that behavior.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
      • Melanie

        Nice comment, and very true.

        February 13, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
      • Thinman69

        It is your right to "believe" this way, however, if you want to truly live this way, go live where there is socialized medicine or even better, in a communist country where you are told how to think, live, etc. Our government right now has too many laws they cannot or will not enforce. What are they going to do, arrest someone for over eating? The calorie police? Be real. I have known people that eat low cal diets that cannot lose weight and still have cardiac issues, then I have known people that can eat all day low the fattiest foods there are and their veins are as clean as a newborn. Make some sense!

        February 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm |
      • RettasVegas

        If I were obese, why would this not make perfect sense? Being fat should not affect your IQ.

        Is it that the obese are deaf to those of us who are affected with the higher insurance costs ?

        I too wonder how do the obese expalin away the costs to the rest of us who try to stay healthy.

        I'am sorry they have extreme weight issue's, but that is not my responsibility to cover the bills.
        This is just plain common sense, why would (could) anyone argue that?

        The Affordable Heatlh Care Act would do well to address getting these obese patients in plans, and programs that are mandatory, still there will always be those who cannot put the fork down, and those on the Right who will cry out "Nanny" Govt., passing laws into my personal life.

        Well if your personal life choices add debt to my income, your personal life is now my business, and it needs to be addessed with laws that keep my income protected from those who cannot even control their own weight.

        February 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
  44. Timmy

    Rest in Peach, boy. Restaurants depend on loyal customers. But if you die doing what you love, it cant be all bad. Not at all. Rest in Peace!

    February 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
  45. Shawn

    They should open one of these up in Washington or Colorado with the legalized pot.

    February 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫


      February 13, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
    • Reggie

      My body is ready...

      February 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
  46. Troy

    This place is in Las Vegas. I would imagine their target market is tourists looking to indulge themselves on vacation. While it does not seem to be the most responsible business, I can't see where it is much worse than a fried food buffet. The real issue with this restaurant is that they flaunt the facts that most restaurants try to hide. If you can, look up the calories for some of the more obviously fattening entrees at your favorite restaurant. You may be surprised.

    February 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
    • Martin

      Excellent observation!

      February 13, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
  47. Michael McCarthy

    52, dead of a heart attack... top patron at a diner called "Heart attack grill"

    what's the surprise here? It's like being shocked that a smoker dies of lung cancer.

    Dude had it coming.

    February 13, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
    • cowstastegood

      We all have it coming. Might as well enjoy it.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
      • Kat

        Correction "YOU" might have it coming.....
        keep eating meat!

        I myself am going to live a long healthy veggie life......cheers!!!!!!

        February 13, 2013 at 9:51 pm |
  48. lance corporal

    how does the radical right get all worked up over certain types of RESPONSIBILITY but then just throws all sense out the window when it comes to health RESPONSIBILITY

    thanks for raising ALL of our insurance and health care costs

    February 13, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
    • Your Master Sargent

      The same way Ted Kennedy used to put the health of his female companions first by driving his car into the water and then conveniently getting amnesia and leaving them to drown. NOW DROP and GIVE ME 1,000 SOLDIER... then go shovel out your latrine with your spoon. That ought to keep you off the blogs for a while.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
    • Norm

      Basically because these folks make their own decisions and live or die by them. A fetus doesn't decide to abort itself.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
      • Tom

        Sure it does. It's called a miscarriage. Some kids look at the parents they're about to be born to and say "Screw this'.

        February 13, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
        • jam

          LOL that's funny.

          February 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • Jim

      "Radical right"??? Huh? What does this have to do with anyone "right wing" or "conservative" or whatever else you're delusional about. It's about a relatively young, very overweight guy who most likely didn't take care of his body at all and most likely ate a lot of junk. So, what does this have to do with "radical" right?? Man, get a life.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
      • cowstastegood

        He weighed 180 lbs.

        February 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
    • Norm

      Oh... and if anything he lowered your health bill. Folks that die suddenly and young don't rack up long term/high cost bills. His heart attack probably saved at least one hip replacement, a couple of angioplasties, and a more then just a couple of months of hospice care. You on the other hand will probably demand all of those things when its time under the fashionable "I paid into the system, I deserve that plus more" mantra.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
    • John in WNY

      To bad you have not clue what your talking about.

      By dying of a heart attack at age 52 he will actually have far less lifetime healthcare costs than someone who lives to old age since the vast majority of the money spent is keeping the etremely elderly alive.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
    • internet

      The right has alienated pretty much every other constituency so they figure they need to hang on to at least one group of voters. If they crusade against fat people they would pretty much be universally disliked. Have you seen the south? It isn't the trimmest.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
  49. Stzza

    This is why America is such a great place. People have the right to go to the gym 7 days a week or to eat heart attack burgers and die at 52..Sweet! Do what you want with no regard for the consequences, no problem..just don't expect anyone else to pay for your healthcare or funeral bills.....

    February 13, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
    • lance corporal

      but we DO pay their bills............

      February 13, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
    • DCBuck

      Agreed. Same goes for those who skydive, mountain climb, rock climb, and mountain bike.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
    • Your Master Sargent

      The Heart Attack Grill is just a novelty to make money. I'm sure they're not thinking that people would go there all the time. The people with the problems are the ones who eat like that whether they go to the Heart Attack Grill or not. Moreover, I'm sure the Heart Attack Grill has some patrons who are older and have healthy arteries.

      February 13, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
    • The Eternal Satyr

      Really? This only happens in America?

      February 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
  50. lance corporal

    you can't regulate your way out of stooooopid but no this place shouldn't exist and wouldn't if people took RESPONSIBILITY for their health.

    thanks for raising ALL of our insurance and health care costs you selfish...........

    February 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
    • humtake

      Gotta love Liberals. It's not the person's fault, it's the businesses fault. Nothing is ever the person's fault. That's just not possible!

      February 13, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
      • tagapay3

        Finally, someone made a place where people who care nothing about their health can go to die off.

        This place kills people regardless of political affiliation. Many liberals employ Darwinian logic, and this is just another result of natural selection. Be fair and blame both parties. You really think guns have nothing to do with one person's ability to slaughter 28 children in an afternoon? I'm pretty sure he couldn't have done the same feat with a bow and arrow. You think being able to purchase a 9,000+ calorie burger had nothing to do with this patron's early death? Extremists on both sides can be so ridiculously inflexible that you'll pick one side just to spite the other.

        Newsflash: Guess what? It's both people and their tools that cause deaths.

        Does stereotyping "libs" (any person who practices any form of liberalism) make you feel more superior to them? I hope your high horse hits an inordinately tall hurdle.

        February 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
      • Dan

        Liberals have a right to FREE SPEECH. Or is it only Righties that have that right?

        February 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
    • Jim

      Oh grow up! Yes, it should exist. Likely, you and I wouldn't eat there (I love cheeseburgers, but not in such large size and not too often), but geez, this one restaurant and the very, very few like this guy who don't take care of themselves at all...that's not going to raise our insurance. Now, Obamacare........

      February 13, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
      • Pris

        Actually – you are wrong – this kind of thing absolutely raises your insurance bill; the cost of emergency and high level lifesaving efforts are folded into everyone's premiums. Now if he'd just dropped dead that would have been different. The Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) will lower most folks' insurance premiums. Now, as for the restaurant – they seem to be more transparent as to the nutritional quality of their menu items than most. If you eat there, you KNOW what you're getting yourself into. Other restaurants may have nutritional info available, but you have to dig to find it. It's not the restaurant's fault this guy or any other regular patron suffers the consequences of eating high fat, high sodium, high cholesterol food on a regular basis. Just like ice cream, this should be a once in a while treat. I do hope he didn't suffer too long, though.

        February 13, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
        • Jupitom

          Can somebody please show me ANYONE whose insurance rates have gone down since Obamacare??? I am not one to jump on the FOX news bandwagon, but my insurance rates have gone up 6-10% EVERY YEAR, and will be going up again almost 10% this year. Not one single thing has changed for the better since Obamacare was forced on us.

          Do I think rates would have gone down without it? no, but please stop saying they will go down WITH Obamacare. I'll believe that when I see it. All that is happened is ates have gone up and choice of doctore who take my plan have gone down.

          February 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
        • Dan

          Jup, Obamacare hasn't totally gone into effect. Come back in late 2014 and then make a comment.

          February 13, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
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