Heart Attack Grill spokesman 'Patient' John Alleman dies of heart attack

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A Las Vegas restaurant is once again unfortunately living up to its name.

For the second time in two years, an unofficial spokesman for The Heart Attack Grill has died from an apparent heart attack.

The Las Vegas Sun reports John Alleman suffered a heart attack last week while waiting at a bus stop in front of the hospital-themed eatery.  He was taken off life support on Monday afternoon.

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Restaurant owner John Basso tells the newspaper that Alleman, who was known as "Patient John," would stand in front of the restaurant, trying to attract customers.  Basso says Alleman was never on his payroll, although his likeness appears on restaurant merchandise.

The Heart Attack Grill is an unabashedly unhealthy restaurant; the menu consists of huge burgers, milkshakes and fries cooked in lard. A meal can easily exceed eight-thousand calories.

In 2011, another unofficial spokesman, Blair River, died from flu-related pneumonia.  The 29-year-old stood at 6'8" and weighed about 575 pounds.

Then in February of 2012, a customer trying to chow down on a 6,000-calorie "Triple Bypass Burger" went into cardiac arrest.

Basso has previously admitted his restaurant promotes obesity, but that it shouldn't be viewed as dangerous.

"We're not promoting obesity for obesity's sake," Basso said in May of 2011. "We're promoting obesity for fun's sake. I'm simply saying, don't grab something through a drive-thru window that you're going to forget five minutes later."

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