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Lawsuit Claims 'Tainted' Bob Evans' Meatloaf Killed Couple

The case will hit federal court early next year.


Is death by meatloaf possible? That's what the children of an elderly couple of who passed away in late 2012 and early 2013 believe. According to CNN, Mark and Ann Starcher believe that a "tainted meal" of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, broccoli, and a roll from a Bob Evans in West Virginia made their parents so "violently ill" that it eventually lead to their deaths.

Both of the Starcher sibling's parents were told by hospital staff that they had suffered from food poisoning after consuming the meal at Bob Evans. In a new lawsuit, the children allege that the next day, their dad suffered from a stroke due to becoming so sick from the meatloaf. Their parents were moved to a rehabilitation facility where their mother would die two months later in hospice care. Their father — who was still active and running his business at the time of eating the meal from Bob Evans — "deteriorated rapidly thereafter" and passed away a few months after.

The Starchers are seeking $250,000 from the chain for medical expenses, plus an undisclosed amount for the "pain, suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish and the loss of ability to enjoy life" that was caused by the death of their parents. A spokesperson for Bob Evans tells CNN that while they "sympathize with this family" over their losses, "there is no basis to the allegations contained in the complaint and the suit is entirely without merit." The case will hit federal court early next year.

While the chain might not actually sell killer meat loaf, they do offer a stack of stuffed pancakes slathered with cream cheese and whipped cream that just might send you an early grave thanks to its 1,380 calories and nearly 27 teaspoons of sugar.

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