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Wife: Doctors did not order Charlie Trotter not to fly

Published: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 9:46 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO (MCT) - Nov. 09--Rochelle Trotter said Friday her late husband, chef Charlie Trotter, had suffered a seizure in January as a result of an aneurysm and was on medication, but he had been cleared to travel and his death was not a result of a weekend trip to a culinary conference in Wyoming.

"In January, Charlie was treated for a seizure as a result of an aneurysm which was discovered at that time," Rochelle Trotter said in a statement emailed to the Tribune and other news outlets. "His doctors prescribed the proper medication to control seizures, his blood pressure and high cholesterol and he was seen by a number of medical experts who cleared him to travel.

"He returned home from his most recent trip Monday night without incident. The autopsy indicates that his travel is not connected to his death," the statement read.

A police report, however, quotes family as saying he had been ordered by doctors not to fly.

"Per the family, victim was on medication for seizures, high blood (p)ressure and high cholesterol," states the report, filed after Trotter was found unresponsive Tuesday morning by his son, Dylan, in their Lincoln Park home. "He recently flew to Wyoming against doctor's advice. The wife states he has been drinking as well."

The Tribune previously reported that Larry Stone, Trotter's longtime sommelier and friend, said the chef told him about a brain aneurysm, and had been told by doctors that he should not be flying, should not be at high altitudes and should not exert himself because of the resulting pressure on his brain.

A call to Rochelle Trotter was not returned, but in her statement she said she was trying to clear up "inaccuracies."

"This is obviously a difficult time as we are still processing our grief," the statement reads. "As his family and I focus upon putting Charlie's body to rest, we hope that this will settle the inaccuracies that have been reported and we can move forward in honoring Charlie's life on Monday. We ask for your patience and continued respect of our privacy."

A memorial for Charlie Trotter, open to the public, is scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m. at Fourth Presbyterian Church.

(c)2013 the Chicago Tribune Distributed by MCT Information Services

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