The Cracked headline is right. I usually feel confident that I know the difference between reality and urban myth, but I actually did think that Mama Cass choked on some food.

As it turns out, “Elliot’s sandwich was sitting on the table next to her, untouched, according to the police investigation.”

“In reality, the coroner’s report showed that she died of a heart attack due to a ‘fatty myocardial degeneration due to obesity.’ So her death ultimately was due to her weight, but somehow the world’s comedians decided there wasn’t quite enough of a fat joke in that.”