Pop singer Cass Elliot, 32, dies of a heart attack 40 years ago today (July 29 1974)

Video: 'Death by Excess - Mama Cass'

(Monday, July 29, 1974) — Singer Cass Elliot (born Ellen Naomi Cohen), 32, was found dead today in a London apartment where she was staying. It was rumored that the former Mamas and Papas lead singer choked on a ham sandwich, but a coroner ruled she had suffered a heart attack in her sleep overnight.

Video: 'The Mama Cass Elliot Tribute'

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