Chicago Medical Examiner Says Charlie Trotter Died of a Stroke

In this Aug. 28, 2012 file photo, award-winning chef Charlie Trotter is seen during an interview with The Associated Press at his restaurant in Chicago. A federal lawsuit filed Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Chicago accuses Trotter and one of his wine experts of duping two New York wine collectors into buying what they thought was a bottle of 1945 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti magnum in June 2012. They are seeking damages of more than $76,000. They accuse Trotter and his company of violating Illinois consumer fraud laws.
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]