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River was well-known in the community, both for his winning personality and large size. He came down with the flu last week and succumbed to pneumonia after four days in the hospital, Jon Basso, owner of the grill and a friend of River, told ABC News.
Basso said he thought River's obesity contributed to his death, and Keith Ayoob, director of the nutrition clinic at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, agreed that was likely, telling ABC News, "Obesity increases your risk for just about every condition, and it can make nearly every acute health problem worse."
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