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REMEMBERING MAMA CASS ELLIOTT   Dream a Little Dream Cass Elliot was born Ellen Naomi Cohen on Sept 19th 1941. Her restauranteur father nicknamed her'Cass' after the Trojan princess, Cassandra. She adopted the name Cass Elliot during her teens. The name Mama Cass evolved from her involvement with the Mamas and Papas. This is what John Phillips said about Cass in an interview in August 1995 at Paramount Studios: "Her father had a deli in New York. I remember her as a little, chubby girl, with the stained apron on, behind the counter. [Laughs] We were sort of infamous in that area, and when she got to New York, she knew who we were, but we didn't know who she was. And she had met Denny, and Denny said, "I know this girl that sings wonderfully. We should have her over and sing with her." It happened to be that LSD was actually legal at the time. It wasn't a banned drug or anything. We searched all over the Village and found some contemporary artist who had some and he gave it to us. We were about to take it that night, when the knock on the door came and Cass came in. So we all had it together the same night, for the first time, and I think that formed a bond between the four of us that we just never stopped singing. We just went on and on and on and on, until the trip wore off, which was about four years later." Cass Elliott died July 29, 1974. Contrary to what many people have been led to believe over the years, she did not choke on a sandwich. According to her doctor, the cause was heart failure.
Tags: mama  cass  elliott  70s  music 
Added: 19th September 2007
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Posted by: Cliffy on 2007-09-19 
No matter how you look at it, she brought some musical happiness in all our lives!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-09-19 
I love the music of the Mamas and The Papas. Too bad that silly urban legend persists about Cass Elliot's death. It was indeed simple heart failure.
Posted by: BillDerBerg on 2007-09-19 
... Cass (R.I.P.) wasn't particularly obese...even by today's *standards*... and she was quite young when she passed. So IMO... her weight had less to do with her demise than an undiscovered heart disease. Her drug use may have contributed as well... if she went beyond just experiementing with pot or LSD. :\

I recall the very day the news reported her untimely death.. The anchor stated a half-eaten ham sandwich was discovered next to her bed where she lay. It could very well have beem that she felt ill after eating some of it and decided to lie down, then she had the heart attack soon after.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-09-21 
The story I heard about how the sandwich story got started is that some disc jockey somewhere, after hearing of Cass' sudden death, made a crass comment about Cass choking to death on a ham sandwich. People took it as being true and the rumor spread.
Posted by: Wikiriwhi on 2007-12-20 
A time when weight loss wasn't a science.

I'm thinking her death made her more famous than her music.

sometimes crass comments can become ironic.
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