Chef Charlie Trotter dead at 54
November 5th, 2013
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Celebrity chef Charlie Trotter died shortly after he was rushed from his Chicago home to a hospital Tuesday morning, CNN affiliate WGN-TV reported.

Trotter - whose namesake restaurant in Lincoln Park received a long list of culinary honors over its 25 years of service - was 54.

There were no details immediately released about the cause of death, which happened at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Frank Shuftan, Public Information Officer for the Cook County Bureau of Administration confirmed the death to CNN. An autopsy conducted Wednesday was deemed inconclusive as to cause of death.

Police expected to stage a death investigation at Trotter's home. Trotter leaves behind his wife, Rochelle, and their son, Dylan.

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His wife released a statement early Tuesday evening saying, “We are incredibly shocked and deeply saddened by the unexpected loss of Charlie at our home in Lincoln Park. He was much loved and words can not describe how much he will be missed. Charlie was a trailblazer and introduced people to a new way of dining when he opened Charlie Trotter’s. His impact upon American cuisine and the culinary world at large will always be remembered. We thank you so much for your kind words, love and support. We appreciate the respect for our privacy as we work through this difficult time.”

Trotter closed his flagship restaurant in 2012, saying he wanted to go back to school and possibly pursue a Master of Philosophy degree. He received a "Humanitarian of the Year" award from the James Beard Foundation that same year. The JBF had previously proclaimed Trotter the Best Chef, Midwest in 1992, the Nation's Outstanding Chef award in 1999 and Charlie Trotter's as the Nation's Outstanding Restaurant in 2000, among other awards.

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a statement saying that Trotter: "changed Chicago's restaurant scene forever and played a leading role in elevating the city to the culinary capital it is today. Charlie's personality mirrored his cooking - bold, inventive and always memorable. Charlie Trotter will be remembered for serving the finest food and his generous philanthropy, and he will always have a seat at the table among Chicago's legendary figures.”

An outpouring of condolences and remembrances from the food community quickly followed the news of his passing.

Chef Eric Ripert told CNN, "I was very saddened by the news. Charlie was a tremendously gifted chef and one of the pioneers of American celebrity chefs. He was very noble and a true gentleman. I always had great respect for Charlie and my thoughts are with his family. His legacy as a star and true hero of modern American cuisine will live on."

Wine educator Belinda Chang, who worked at various positions at Charlie Trotter's from 1997 to 2002, said the community was stunned. "My phone has been blowing up all day," she said. There is such an amazing network of alumni of the restaurant around the world. My former co-workers and I are all shocked."

Chang added, "The other incredible thing is that I have been getting texts and e-mails from former regulars of the restaurant as well - people I haven't seen since I worked the floor. Charlie Trotter touched so many."

John Winterman, maitre d' at Daniel restaurant, spent some formative years in the chef's sphere. He worked for Trotter from 1994 to 2001 in various roles including dining room manager and told CNN: "Of all the shadows to fall upon the landscape of modern American gastronomy, his was the longest. I learned so much from the man."

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  1. Bob

    All that butter will clog those arteries!

    November 6, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      There is no official word yet, but many reports say he had an inoperable brain aneurysm. That is not "butter"-related and it can happen to anyone. Perhaps reconsider your schadenfreude.

      November 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
      • RC@Kat

        Not often you get to use that word! Perfectly played though.

        November 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
        • Truth™

          I think we need to bring back the "Word of the Day" that we used to do not too long ago...

          November 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm |
        • AleeD®@Turth™

          I concur. Is "schadenfreude" going to be first?

          November 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
        • RichardHead

          Perhaps the word,ignoramus,the majority of the trolls will think it's a cousin ?

          November 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
  2. I will miss him

    I will miss Chef kotter

    ~Horshack

    November 6, 2013 at 11:55 am |
  3. Truth™

    Come on folks, lighten up. A human being just died, and will leave behind those who loved him and will miss him. If you cannot speak positively about him, then kindly remain silent.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:28 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Well stated. Thank you.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:37 am |
    • jhonny Ausemkock

      Lick my sac. No one who loved him cares about what people are writing here. Even if they did, so what?

      November 6, 2013 at 11:49 am |
      • I will miss him

        more salt

        Jack Mehoff

        November 6, 2013 at 11:56 am |
      • Josh

        The real question is, why do you feel the need to be a d*k in an anonymous setting? Where you not loved enough? Did your parents not give you want you wanted? Were you rejected by the pretty girl? What about your life makes you pride yourself on being a total d-bag just because you can? Get a life.

        November 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm |
      • Unavailable1

        Jerk....with probably a very little pp to go with that sac of lard.

        November 6, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
      • Logical1125

        What are you like five? What sac? Did you think you were a man?

        November 7, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
    • MicheleG™

      Decency and class. Well "spoken."

      (What IS it with all the negativity.....?)

      November 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
  4. Get in the Kitchen

    I had the pleasure of eating in his restaurant 8 years ago. After hearing his story of being a self taught chef, i decided to leave my career in finance and pursue my love of food. Three culinary books and a gourmet spice line later, I can say thank you to him for being one of my inspirations. You will be missed

    November 6, 2013 at 11:13 am |
  5. Astyanax

    I'll never forget the TIP being $100 when I ate there.

    November 6, 2013 at 11:08 am |
    • moochie

      died of multiple stab wounds

      November 6, 2013 at 11:24 am |
  6. mim

    RIP to a visionary who made the culinary scene in the Windy City one to appreciate.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:58 am |
  7. dave

    I don't understand the advertisement passing as a message from the widow "“We are incredibly shocked and deeply saddened by the unexpected loss of Charlie at our home in Lincoln Park. He was much loved and words can not describe how much he will be missed. Charlie was a trailblazer and introduced people to a new way of dining when he opened Charlie Trotter’s. His impact upon American cuisine and the culinary world at large will always be remembered. We thank you so much for your kind words, love and support. We appreciate the respect for our privacy as we work through this difficult time.”

    November 6, 2013 at 10:57 am |
    • BSAchris

      How is that advertising? Its a brief memorial from a grief stricken wife. Unfair criticism.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:09 am |
    • Sara

      Charlie Trotter's restaurant closed over a year ago so she is not advertising.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:12 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Say your spouse died very suddenly and you were expected to make a public statement - to friends and to thousands of strangers - hours after. I think you'd put together whatever words you were able to at the time. She doesn't owe us anything more personal.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:12 am |
      • MicheleG™

        Well said.

        November 6, 2013 at 11:56 am |
    • Don

      He closed his restaurant last year, so this can't possibly be advertising. Please read the article before you post things like this.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:13 am |
    • jacquez

      Dave babe–get a life. Advertising? The restaurants been closed since last year. Charley was a Giant in the food world, a real pioneer.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:35 am |
  8. dkc2001

    His funeral will be at 3:50 for approximately 60 minutes.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:51 am |
    • Marla

      ...or until done.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:06 am |
    • ClassicPastaShapes

      ...or until brown and bubbly.

      November 6, 2013 at 3:49 pm |
  9. KnowitAll

    He had it coming...like many other "chefs", they think they walk on water just because someone liked their food. No people skills, a total dou che..that's what he was in real life. Praise the Lord for another fine decsion.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:46 am |
    • Mike

      Yes he was. He was also responsible for training, employing and teaching thousands of people. Chef Trotter was fully aware of where he stood with people, this was always his ride... "He who reproves me is my teacher."

      November 6, 2013 at 10:54 am |
    • mim

      A fine example of compassion you have voiced. Look in a mirror.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:57 am |
    • LR

      WOW – so that's why he deserves to die?!? You are one sick individual.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:09 am |
    • RC

      So you knew him personally? Worked with him? And you think he had it coming? What a pompous, insensitive pr!ck you are. I never met the man, but you've got a lot more coming than he did. Azzhat.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:18 am |
  10. Mike

    RIP great chef. I think we would all appreciate if Chef Bourdain would be king enough to eulogize Chef Trotter in the near future. Long live the Kitchen Sessions!

    November 6, 2013 at 10:45 am |
  11. Lenny

    I usually don't even bother reading the comments on CNN however I am a recreational chef at best and decided to take a look. How rude to bash a person at the time of his death!!! Whether or not he was a pain in the ass in the kitchen or could or could not prepare a decent meal is so irrelevant at this point. A family will be grieving this Thanksgiving while some folks will give thanks for someone's canned string beans with Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup and extol the virtues of the canned fried onions. Rest in peace Charlie Trotter. I'll bet most of these bashers wouldn't understand what Mother's Day is like when 2 cooks and 3 servers call out sick nor would they understand having NEVER watched Sunday Football because they were too busy serving others!

    November 6, 2013 at 10:37 am |
    • mim

      Thanks Lenny. As a retired chef, you know when you are in the kitchen and need to focus and someone comes up short of their responsibilities due to laziness, then yes, I can see where someone would call the head chef a pain in the behind. A great restaurant kitchen is run by a team not by just the chef. I only had to call one person to the floor in all my years as chef. Otherwise we were more like a big family, helping others with tasks when our own were completed. I even washed dishes, scrubbed floors and vent hoods when I took my smock off for the day. Until you've worked in a professional kitchen out there, you have no idea what goes on behind the scenes of the meal brought to your table by wait staff.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:06 am |
    • mim

      Thanks Lenny. As a retired chef, you know when you are in the kitchen and need to focus and someone comes up short of their responsibilities due to laziness, then yes, I can see where someone would call the head chef a pain in the behind. A great restaurant kitchen is run by a team not by just the chef. I only had to call one person to the floor in all my years as chef. Otherwise we were more like a big family, helping others with tasks when our own were completed. I even washed dishes, scrubbed floors and vent hoods when I took my smock off for the day. Until you've worked in a professional kitchen out there, you have no idea what goes on behind the scenes of the meal brought to your table by wait staff.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:06 am |
  12. jcvet33

    What is it with all these cooks dying?

    November 6, 2013 at 10:25 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Everyone gets around to it sooner or later - unless you have a magic potion you'd care to let us in on.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:33 am |
  13. Grossman

    So what did he die of?

    November 6, 2013 at 10:00 am |
    • mike

      No one knows yet.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:22 am |
  14. Rupert D.

    Sorry to hear of his passing, prayers going up, wonder if this was something that needs to be investigated? Sounds very suspicious to me, if you get my drift.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:00 am |
    • mickeymusing

      Chicago Tribune is suggesting that his death was due to a known brain aneurysm that was inoperable. He had had some seizures and was told not to fly, but had flown to Jackson Hole for a conference prior to his death.

      November 6, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
  15. Johnny's Steakhouse

    Public school kids were invited to his restaurant so they could display their art. After the meal he insisted they mop floors and clean toilets, when the teacher refused, he went ballistic, kicked them out and kept their art. All Chicagoans know this story. He paid his servers $100 for shifts that lasted ten hours, and kept their tips. He eventually was sued for $3 million and settled for $300K. All Chicagoans know this story, too. He was an egotistical, bullying gas-bag who drove all his employees away, and the reputation that preceded him led to the demise of his restaurant. Chefs defending chefs? Say it ain't so.

    November 6, 2013 at 10:00 am |
  16. Laura

    My condolences to the family for their loss.
    I am guessing heart attack. Too many chefs believe that fat = flavor. While it may boost taste, consuming too much fat is just bad for the arteries. There is a reason why it goes solid when at room temperature or colder. The same goes for your arteries.

    November 6, 2013 at 9:54 am |
  17. mustangchef

    Went there in the 90s with my wife as part of a research trip for the Restautrant TOO CHEZ.
    A fabulous redheaded gal was sitting at next table.. I knew it was going to be good. I was heavy into triathlon at the time and tried ordering a side of wild rice to up my carbs , but they refused to deviate from the prefix menu.... no big deal...The food was clever, but by the time we finished I was starving. He was the envy of many a chef. I was saddened to hear the news, I really poured on the cuisine yesterday at work and at home in honor of his spirit. Cheers Epicureans!

    November 6, 2013 at 9:42 am |
  18. Brad Gooden

    I celebrated my 60th birthday at Charlie Trotter's and we found it to be a memorable experience.

    November 6, 2013 at 9:37 am |
  19. weezer

    I've been to both the French Laundry and to Trotters in it's heyday. As impressive as Thomas Keller is, I was more impressed with Trotter's inventiveness and execution. Absolutely brilliant cooking.

    November 6, 2013 at 9:12 am |
  20. MMKAY...

    Really pathetic Lew. LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME! Just like these sociopathic brats that are our next generation. TRY maturing Lew, oh – and by the way – your dick is limp.

    November 6, 2013 at 8:32 am |
  21. MMKAY...

    Lew ~ ohhhh you are soooo special and talented and athletic and wonderful......we are so unworthy of your essence. FEEL BETTER NOW $h!t head?

    November 6, 2013 at 8:25 am |
  22. KieranH

    Could it have been a heart attack? Nah.....

    November 6, 2013 at 7:20 am |
    • martin grafilakis

      Apparently he put in 16-hour days in his hectic kitchen.

      November 6, 2013 at 8:20 am |
  23. Rock With The Shock

    He had a special talent and passion for the culinary arts. 54 is far too young to lose a father, a husband and such a giant talent.

    November 6, 2013 at 7:10 am |
  24. sheldon

    To all the people who have left negative comments about Charlie trotter's ability to cook " Flawed Technique" Food was never good" etc Etc- You'll have no idea. In a world where everyone considers themselves food critics could these people even boil an egg?
    In my book Charlie and Thomas keller are the top two american chefs.

    November 6, 2013 at 5:48 am |
    • Rock With The Shock

      Thank you for that Sheldon! I couldn't have said it with any more eloquence. Today, this family is grieving, and it is certainly not a time for them to be reading negative, let alone uneducated opinions bashing Charlie's award winning talent. Shock

      November 6, 2013 at 7:20 am |
    • t2vodka

      The thing is, one mans favorite dish is another ones most hated dish. That is why diversity is so awsome, if everything was the same, there would be a lot of ticked off people. I'm sure his cooking was amazing, but I'm sure there are those out there that just didn't like it. That is ok to.

      November 6, 2013 at 9:00 am |
      • Erika

        I understand what you are saying and that people are different. Although at the time of someones passing do you really think that is neccessary. If any time I believe that is the time to hold back and keep all the rude comments to yourself. It is called respect. Just because you don't know them personally or that you didn't (in this case) like their food, you could at least show some class and respect.

        November 6, 2013 at 10:13 am |
    • Yojyck

      Bravo Sheldon. You summed it up articulately. Trotter was a pure genius at his execution of combining "different elements" into one whole immaculate taste explosion. Simple but yet complicated. Temperamental? Stubborn? Explosive? Yes. But what is it got to do with excellent delivery in ones' profession. Know-it-alls, snobs, brats NEVER would absorb neither capitulate to his superior "cooking skills" but then what the heck did we care? I met him thrice in his restaurants. I thoroughly enjoyed his succulent treats... At his beginnings, mid term, and toward his mastery era. He loved culinary ideas. He was a sponge of thought but yet abrasive enough to execute his very own beliefs of "how" it should be done. Too young to pass away. Yet so much more to teach. Naturally to the smart ones out there not to the dumb audience but with no general culture and zero vision. Rest in peace True Master!.

      November 6, 2013 at 10:07 am |
  25. RobNYNY1957

    I ate there on a business trip to Chicago, and a couple of times on vacation. It was never very good. But I am sorry he died so young. He might have become a better cook.

    November 6, 2013 at 3:46 am |
    • Louis

      Unfortunately, your country cannot do any better than Trotter. Your philosophy and lack of respect for others will always prevent you from achieving greatness.

      November 6, 2013 at 7:44 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      But is his obituary really the place to address your assessment of his abilities? I'm not picking on you, but I'm just musing over the fact that the era in which we live leaves people compelled and entitled to leave critiques of our job performances alongside the news of our death.

      Perhaps you had a sub par meal. Hundreds of people lost a friend, family member mentor, colleague and dearly loved one. I hope people are kinder to us upon our passing - or even take the opportunity to say nothing at all if their impulses are otherwise.

      November 6, 2013 at 9:25 am |
      • Lou50

        Trolls are abundant on these threads and they tear people down to boost their meaningless life and zero personal accomplishments. The concept of, if nothing good to say don't say anything at all is beyond their understanding.

        November 6, 2013 at 9:59 am |
  26. jeff

    Glad I never worked for him. Sounded like a pain the ass.

    November 6, 2013 at 3:20 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Any chef worth his or her salt would have been grateful and lucky for a chance to work with him. Not everyone is warm and fuzzy - that doesn't mean they don't have something to teach you.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:44 am |
  27. jude

    He died of an inoperable brain aneurysm. He knew about it and that he could die at any time.

    November 6, 2013 at 2:17 am |
  28. SinCity

    Charlie was certainly a pioneer. Long before Emiril, Rachael, Guy or Bobby, the celebrity chefs were Julia and Charlie. He ran his shop with an iron fist and everyone was better for it. The disgusting kitchens you see in those shows today would not have been his. He had everyone stay over an hour after closing to clean. No one ran a tighter ship than Charlie. He will be missed.
    RIP

    November 6, 2013 at 2:07 am |
  29. M

    Frankly and respectfully, he was not a very good chef but he was a good showman. His technique of rapping your knuckles on a hot frying pan to see if it was hot enough was downright silly...

    November 6, 2013 at 1:53 am |
  30. realityBitesInChicago

    Any truth to the rumor he "closed shop" after being extorted for protection money by Chicago's Jewish mafia? Then, after becoming broke he kills himself? Was this a suicide driven by Chicago's dirty under belly?

    November 6, 2013 at 12:40 am |
    • fj

      put down the crack pipe sir

      November 6, 2013 at 1:29 am |
    • VladT

      Yep...he refused to stop serving pork belly, and they were infuriated.

      How in the kerflufflin do these "rumors" even get started? Or did you just want to mention a subtle anti-Jewish diatribe while trying to remain conspicuous?

      November 6, 2013 at 6:59 am |
  31. Chris

    The heavens, stars and God himself now have the Chef in heaven. Thank you truly for all you helped give our profession Chef, you made so many of us respectable after decades of effort. May God hold your family tightly and allow them peace of mind and goodness of heart enduring the loss of your physical being.... Thank you got the many gifts you have given our profession.
    We will all see you someday again Chef!

    November 6, 2013 at 12:39 am |
  32. Steve Chernick

    That I never got to eat at his eponymous restaurant is one of my life's biggest regrets. 54 is far too young. He could have owned New York's dining scene, but instead blazed his own trail in Chicago, and the city's culinary scene is so much richer for it. May god rest his soul.

    November 6, 2013 at 12:21 am |
  33. egghead

    Lew's friends respond: (deafening silence)

    November 5, 2013 at 11:49 pm |
  34. 4mermpliye

    follow the money on this. he was broke. this is a suiside.

    November 5, 2013 at 11:27 pm |
    • Ayanna

      Do you have any proof that he was broke(like bank statements from HIS checking account)? And where's you FORENSIC proof that it was a suicide? Have you actually called the police in Chicago and told THEM what your theory is and that you have his cause of death already figured out?

      November 6, 2013 at 3:39 am |
      • jude

        He died of an inoperable brain aneurysm. He knew about it and that he could die at any time.

        November 6, 2013 at 6:12 am |
  35. Slamo

    That man could cook...his inate balance of sweet to sour to savory and back again was phenomenal, ie, heirloom tomato salad. So simple yet so sublime. Genius in so many ways in his glory days. No surprise he was self taught. RIP

    November 5, 2013 at 10:59 pm |
  36. ChefSignorelli

    More than a pinnacle icon in the culinary world, Chef Charlie Trotter will be remembered for his vision, his focus, and his love for the craft. We all miss you.

    November 5, 2013 at 10:57 pm |
  37. samtheman

    -thoughts go out to his family. Good guy, will be missed.

    November 5, 2013 at 10:48 pm |
  38. joeintucker

    who? RIP – but, who?

    November 5, 2013 at 10:45 pm |
    • AleeD®

      JFGI dumba$$

      November 6, 2013 at 6:37 am |
  39. panorain

    I never actually ate at his restaurant, certainly too expensive for me, but did ride by it regularly on my bicycle, almost daily for awhile, and was impressed that Chicago was graced with one of the best restaurants in the world. Was certainly saddened when the restaurant closed, but figured that Charlie Trotter would rise again. Was also impressed by his early interest in food and the possibilities.

    My immediate reaction on hearing about his death was that he retired because of health concerns. I've had some sodium scares recently and see the handwriting on the wall. And I am the same age.

    November 5, 2013 at 10:27 pm |
  40. Docfai19

    I am saddened by Charlie's passing. He was a true culinarian in every sense of the word. I tip my toque to you as well as my fellow chefs. RIP, my friend.

    November 5, 2013 at 10:11 pm |
  41. Pete

    Something isn't right here.... The comments of the closest people to Charlie speak so scriptedly...it seems like his most closest friends and loved ones almost expected his death....
    We'll see...

    November 5, 2013 at 9:20 pm |
  42. Yen

    When I first saw the photo I thought Grover Norquist had died. No such luck.

    November 5, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
    • Louis

      Funny but sad.

      November 6, 2013 at 7:49 am |
  43. Jonathan Sicherman

    It was Charlie Trotter above all others who stepped up years ago and acknowledged the untimely loss of another giant in the field, Chef Patrick Clark. It was Charlie Trotter who saw to it that Patrick–who trained me and legions of others–received the respect he so richly deserved. For that reason alone, Charlie Trotter should be remembered as a great man as well as an innovative chef.

    November 5, 2013 at 8:41 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Thank you so much for sharing your story. And I'm so sorry for your loss.

      November 5, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
    • Unavailable1

      Patrick worked at the Hay Adams in DC prior to going to the Tavern on the Green in NY, met him several times, another great man and awesome Chef. Nice to read your kind words versus some of the other idiots on here.

      November 6, 2013 at 11:48 am |
  44. Dave P

    Multiple times each week, Trotter invited groups of Chicago Public School students into Charlie Trotter's for the same meal that other patrons were eating that night. My students fondly remember these experiences. He was generous enough to give of his time to talk with the students about the pursuit of excellent, both in and outside of the kitchen. He will truly be missed!

    November 5, 2013 at 8:35 pm |
  45. BigDaddy

    Charlie Trotter was extremely talented when it came to creating and cooking fantastic meals. I ate at his restaurant many times and had interacted with him on several occasions, and always thought his food some of the best in the world. He was not without faults and personality traits that could rub some the wrong way (there were many times I walked away form an interaction with him thinking "what an ass"), and he received some bad press because of them. In the end he was a talented man, and I think he had the best of intentions most of the time. His time came too soon.

    November 5, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
  46. sisterchef

    I am so sad. As a private chef, with good skills but lacking in originality, Trotter is one of the people I copied from the start. I am truly so sad, for his family and for us.

    November 5, 2013 at 7:46 pm |
  47. Cutedog 2

    Condolences to his family and friends.

    November 5, 2013 at 7:43 pm |
  48. Rolando

    You could get run over by a bus.......When it's your time, it's your time......Get over yourself already!!!

    November 5, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
    • Lone

      Take your own advice. Death is a given but that doesn't mean you dismiss what was accomplished during life.

      November 5, 2013 at 8:06 pm |
  49. Lew

    I sure hope it was not from something health related , sad , its just food , goes in and goes out, and does alot of damage, oh by the way , I am 56, 8 ironman , 15 marathon finishes, without health we have nothing

    November 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
    • Ellen

      No one cares that you are 56 8 ironman and 15 marathons. What does this info have to do with this article?

      November 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm |
    • Bob

      Lew- You are a self absorbed Bast*rd...........and by the way nice comment- " I sure hope it was not from something health related".....He died......It was health related. Stupid A** RIP Charlie.

      November 5, 2013 at 7:23 pm |
      • Tiny

        Thanks, Bob...I loved your comment. Lew does have issues. .My condolences to the family and friends of Chef Trotter.

        November 6, 2013 at 10:26 am |
    • Greg

      How amazingly insensitive and self-absorbed.

      November 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
    • tamara

      really nice post there Lew *sarcasm intended* so you're hoping it wasn't health related? what does that even mean – you're hoping instead it was murder or suicide or something? as Ellen said – no one cares how many marathons or whatever else you've done...

      November 5, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
    • Cutedog 2

      Without health we have nothing...says you. There are many who do not have health that are incredibly loved by many and there are a lot of healthy people that are the loneliest people in the world.

      November 5, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
    • Lone

      We'll know his cause of death after tomorrow, but considering the suddenness of his death it was likely heart related. And if you know anything about health, it can strike anyone regardless of fitness level. He had a high pressure job, which has killed many chefs, but spent 20 years making a positive mark on his community and in the lives of both the people who worked in his kitchen and those that broke bread in the restaurant. Food is not just food on this level.

      November 5, 2013 at 8:02 pm |
    • lean6

      It's one thing if running is what you want to spend your finite number of heartbeats doing to excess; it's another thing if you think that you're not going to go when it's your time. It could be tomorrow, for all that you know. But at least your pall bearers will appreciate the light load...heh? (sarc)

      November 5, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
    • Lew's Mom

      Lew – come downstairs. It's time for dinner.

      November 5, 2013 at 8:07 pm |
    • Lew's Boyfriend

      Unfortunately, Lew isn't iron *in his pants*. Limpsville.

      November 5, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
    • afathershope

      Without love for others, we have nothing.

      November 5, 2013 at 11:54 pm |
    • Mich

      Karma is a b!tch Lew.... Hope you don't get cancer.....

      November 6, 2013 at 12:16 am |
    • SinCity

      Lew, you incompetent azzwipe. But kudos to being the biggest troll out here tonight. Now get back under the bridge

      November 6, 2013 at 2:04 am |
    • Lew lacks a brain

      Hahahahah "sure hope it wasn't health related..." can someone tell me an instance where a death is unrelated to health?

      November 6, 2013 at 9:28 am |
      • Geni

        Murder, suicide, accident...

        November 6, 2013 at 9:41 am |
  50. Josh

    What a shame. RIP Chef.

    November 5, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
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