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After death of loyal customer, calls to close Heart Attack Grill


Steve Marcus

The sign for Heart Attack Grill is shown at Neonopolis in Downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012.

A Washington, D.C.-based anti-meat advocacy group is asking Las Vegas authorities to close the Heart Attack Grill after the restaurant's unofficial spokesman died of a heart attack.

Officials for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine said Wednesday they sent a letter the Las Vegas Department of Planning asking it to shut down the famously unhealthy restaurant to prevent another death.

Susan Levin, the group's director of nutrition education, suggested that the diner could revamp its menu and reopen under another name, perhaps, "Better for You Burger."

The death of 52-year-old John Alleman, the restaurant's unofficial mascot, made national headlines this week. In 2011, another unofficial spokesman, a 575-pound man named Blair River, died at age 29.

After that death, the committee asked the restaurant to "declare moral bankruptcy" and close.

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