John Alleman, the unofficial spokesperson for Heart Attack Grill died of a heart attack on Monday.
John Alleman, 52, suffered the heart attack last week while waiting at a bus stop in front of the restaurant, located on Fremont St inside the Neonopolis entertainment complex and shopping mall, the Sun reported. He was taken off life support Monday, restaurant owner Jon Basso told the newspaper.
“Doctor Jon” of Heath Attack Grill Tweeted on February 7, “It is with my deepest regret that our number one customer, John Alleman, is in critical condition at Las Vegas Sunrise Hospital.” He then tweeted February 12, “I’ve never had a day in which I feel less energetic. Watching John die this morning took it all out of me.”
Alleman was not an employee of the restaurant, but was a frequent customer who was so popular that he was placed on the restaurant’s menu and given his own “Patient John” clothing line. While he had a job as working security at an abandoned high-rise construction site on the Strip, when he wasn’t there, he was at the Heart Attack Grill coaxing people to come in and eat.
“He never missed a day, even on Christmas,” said restaurant owner Jon Basso. “People just loved him. He connected with people in a real way.” From time to time, “Doctor Jon” Basso said he would offer a free meal and drink for Alleman’s troubles. “He always declined,” Basso said. “He never wanted a handout from anyone. He always insisted on paying. He lived, ate and breathed the Heart Attack Grill.”
This isn’t the first Heart Attack Grill death. In March 2011, an earlier unofficial spokesman, 575-pound Blair “Gentle Giant” River, died of flu-related pneumonia. Then in February 2012, two customers suffered heart-related deaths within two weeks of each other while eating at the restaurant.
The medically themed restaurant is famous for the high-calorie menu that includes a record-breaking 9,982-calorie, 3-pound Quadruple Bypass Burger.
The Heart Attack Grill will be closed on the day of John Alleman’s funeral in his honor. No burial or funeral arrangements have been made yet. Basso said he will match dollar-for-dollar any contributions made to offset medical and funeral expenses incurred by Alleman’s brother. Anyone interested in donating money can reach Basso at his email: email@example.com
Man Dies at Heart Attack Grill
For the last year and a half, Alleman served as the unofficial spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill — the infamous hospital-themed Las Vegas eatery that holds the world record for “most calorific burger.”*
John Alleman, the unofficial mascot of Las Vegas’ Heart Attack grill, died after suffering a massive heart attack. The restaurant is known for having the record for the “most caloric burger” and Alleman was known for eating there every day.