The Tragic Life and Death of Mama Cass

The world thinks Cass Elliott died choking on a ham sandwich. They’re wrong.

In today’s episode I’m talking about the tragic life and death of Cass Elliott, known to most of us as “Mama Cass.” Cass was an early, unwitting fat lib icon, but she spent her whole adult life desperate to become thin. That desperation eventually killed her.

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