More Details Emerge on the Death of Charlie Trotter

By Kelly Dobkin  |  November 6, 2013

The Chicago Tribune sheds a bit of light on the death of Charlie Trotter. Friend and sommelier Larry Stone tells the paper that the legendary chef had an inoperable brain aneurysm, a "time bomb" that left the chef feeling like he didn't have much time left. "It was inoperable, and it was not something that could be repaired; it was deep inside the brain," Stone says, adding, "It was obvious he had problems and he had some seizures. It's a condition that had worsened in the last few years but it was something he had for quite a while.” A full autopsy to determine the exact cause of death will take place today.

Meanwhile, last night, former employees, friends and fans held a candlelight vigil for the chef outside of his former restaurant. His wife, Rochelle, released the following statement yesterday: "We are incredibly shocked and deeply saddened by the unexpected loss of Charlie at our home in Lincoln Park. He was much loved, and words can not describe how much he will be missed. Charlie was a trailblazer and introduced people to a new way of dining when he opened Charlie Trotter's. His impact upon American cuisine and the culinary world at large will always be remembered. We thank you so much for your kind words, love and support. We appreciate the respect for our privacy as we work through this difficult time. Details for the memorial service will be forthcoming.”