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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...