Famed Chicago Chef Charlie Trotter Dead, Found In Lincoln Park Home


This is stunning news.

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Charlie Trotter, whose eponymous Chicago restaurant was considered one of the finest in the world, has died.

The 54-year-old chef was found unconscious and not breathing in his Lincoln Park home this morning and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Trotter was found by his son Dylan at the home in the 1800 block of North Dayton Street and an ambulance was called at 10:45 a.m., according to a family friend and fire officials.
“My baby’s gone,” Trotter’s wife Rochelle told the friend, Carrie Nahabedian.

Steve Kolinski, a neighbor who lives several houses down, said he came outside late this morning and saw six police cars and an ambulance pulled up at Trotter’s home.  Kolinski then saw Trotter’s wife, who ran outside and was “yelling hysterically.’’

Trotter was wheeled out on a stretcher and taken away, he said. Trotter’s wife and son then left.

Trotter was pronounced dead at 11:48 a.m. at Northwestern. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, but a source said there was no preliminary indications of foul play.

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