Chicago Medical Examiner Says Charlie Trotter Died of a Stroke

The chef died on November 5 at his home in Chicago.
The chef died on November 5 at his home in Chicago.Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong/Corbis

A little more than three weeks after his sudden death, Cook County Medical Examiner Stephen Cina has announced that chef and restaurateur Charlie Trotter died of a stroke, caused, in part, by high blood pressure. Preliminary autopsy results were inconclusive, and speculation at the time was that airplane travel, combined with Trotter’s recent medical history of seizures and strokes, had somehow contributed to his demise. Cina says there’s “no scientific evidence” indicating that to be case, but the comprehensive investigation determined that Trotter had suffered a separate stroke at an earlier date. “Neither drugs nor alcohol contributed to his death,” added Cina, the Chicago Tribune reports. [Chicago Tribune, Earlier, Related]