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Mama Cass Elliot

Born: 1941-09-19 - Died: 1974-07-29
Cause of Death:
Heart Attack


Death Summary: Mama Cass Elliot had just finished performing two sold out shows at the London Palladium. When she retired to her room for the night, she died of a heart attack in her sleep. Cass died in the same flat, No. 12 at 9 Curzon Place, Mayfair that The Who drummer Keith Moon would die in some four years later.

There is an urban legend that Mama Cass died choking on a ham sandwich. This rumor came when the police who were first on the scene spotted a half eaten sandwich and speculated that she may have choked on the part that had been eaten. According to Wikipedia, the actual cause of Mama Cass’s death is rarely discussed.

Who was Mama Cass Elliot : Cass was a well-known singer and member of the pop quartet “The Mamas & the Papas”. After the group broke up, she went on to have a successful singing career.

Though she is simply known as Mama Cass, her real name was Ellen Naomi Cohen. She adopted the name “Cass” in high school… borrowing it from actress Peggy Cass. A short time later she picked up “Elliot” to honor a friend that had died.

After she had gone through a few groups, Cass finally hit gold with the group “The Mamas & the Papas”. They had a few hits which included “California Dreamin’” and “Monday Monday”.

Cass went on to have a successful solo career, and she continued her acting. She was a frequent guest on The New Scooby-Doo Movies, Young Dr. Kildar, Love, American Style and The Red Skeleton Show.
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