A: You guys are awful to believe Mama Cass (the Mamas & the Papas singer) actually died by choking on a ham sandwich just because you’ve heard some people say so. How offensive to see her name dragged through the gravy like that.
The truth is Mama Cass (Cass Elliot) didn’t die from choking on any kind of sandwich, or choking on anything else. In fact, that whole ham sandwich myth is just that – a myth. When Mama Cass died in a London hotel room on July 29, 1974, an autopsy determined the cause of death to be heart failure due to fatty myocardial degeneration, a condition caused by her obesity.
As for the ham sandwich legend, however, that grew from the fact there one was found on her bedside table. Interestingly, when the ham sandwich itself was questioned by investigators, it was totally unresponsive – apparently in a state of shock over the fact its own life had been miraculously spared from certain death by mastication.