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Acclaimed chef Charlie Trotter died of a stroke: Cook County M.E.

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Acclaimed chef Charlie Trotter died of a stroke, according to Cook County Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Cina.

The medical examiner's office made the announcement late Monday morning, stating that the stroke was a consequence of high blood pressure. Dr. Cina also said there was no evidence to indicate Trotter's recent travel contributed to his death.

Neither drugs nor alcohol were contributing factors, but Dr. Cina did find evidence of a prior stroke.

Trotter was found unresponsive in his Lincoln Park home on Nov. 5. After being rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Trotter died Tuesday at 54.

During his reign as Chicago's top chef and one of America's most celebrated restaurateurs, the self-taught Trotter offered multicourse menus and artfully plated cuisine that put his hometown on the international culinary map. He also inspired legions of chefs-in-training — including Alinea's Grant Achatz, Graham Elliot's Graham Elliot and moto's Homaro Cantu, among others.

In a statement, Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised Mr. Trotter's impact and food as well as his "generous philanthropy," which manifested itself most publicly in the youth-oriented Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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