This Day in Jewish History / Singer Cass Elliot dies
The severely overweight 'Mama’ Cass died in her sleep of a heart attack at 32, but that wasn’t the story that went around.
On July 29, 1974, the singer and performer Cass Elliot died at the tragically young age of 32. In the immediate aftermath of her death, word got out – partly thanks to an indiscreet and ill-informed physician – that the entertainer best known for her singing with the 1960s pop superstars The Mamas and the Papas had choked to death on a ham sandwich. The story provided fodder...
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