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Winner of Howard Stern Show chokes to death

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From page A1 | December 18, 2013 | 28 Comments

Griffin Rogers
Tahoe Tribune

An 86-year-old Illinois man, and alleged winner of the “Get My Grandpa Laid” Howard Stern Show contest, died after choking on a piece of meat in Harvey’s on Thursday night.

Johnny Orris was pronounced dead about 8:30 p.m. at Barton Hospital after choking during dinner at the Sage Room Steakhouse, according to Lt. Pete Van Arnum of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

Orris was allegedly having dinner with his grandson, Ed, before driving back to Moonlite Bunny Ranch — the business working with the Howard Stern Show for the contest — to claim his prize, brothel owner Dennis Hof said.

“He talked about how it was the greatest day of his life,” Hof said, “and how he never thought he’d be having sex again.”

“He said ‘before I do this, I want to have a big steak,’” Hof added.

Orris’ grandson attempted the Heimlich maneuver several times without success when his grandfather started choking, Van Arnum said.

Emergency personnel were called, but attempts to resuscitate Orris were also unsuccessful.

Harvey’s declined to comment on this story.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is waiting to conduct an autopsy before stating the official cause of death, Van Arnum said.

Hof said he was “shocked” to hear of Orris’ death when Ed returned to the Bunny Ranch later that night, and he gave Ed his grandfather’s free pass.

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Discussion | 28 comments

  • Phil VeerkampDecember 18, 2013 - 11:40 am

    Ed, in all sincerity I offer you my most sincere condolences over the loss of your Grandpa Johnny. Perhaps it is too soon and too close to the pain. Perhaps as a stranger to you it is not my place to intrude on your loss. Please allow this observation. There are many long, protracted, painful and ugly exits from life. My own Dad battled Parkinson's for over 12 years. Your Grandpa Johnny had a full 86 years and left quickly and in style. We all should be so lucky. And, Ed, I got a good chuckle. A classy exit!

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  • 1036-FrankDecember 18, 2013 - 5:59 pm

    Hope he went happy, maybe he was, and the free pass might of got the best of him or he of them like a sailor back from six months active. These cat houses though are usually more like a litter box. What I can't figure is why travel so far as up there at over 6k feet, the elevation has taken a heavy toll when not acclimated, just like Everest for anyone with health problems. Choking though with an obstructed airway is dangerous anywhere. This case sounds like they were left with only a pocket knife trach case which can be dicey if someone there doesn't have the experience as time is critical.

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  • Bob ReevesDecember 18, 2013 - 6:18 pm

    He almost came and went in the same breath. What a way to go.

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  • Debbie LewisDecember 18, 2013 - 10:29 pm

    My husband and I are wondering why this story was on the front page and even why in the paper at all. I have no sympathy for the family. Howard Stern has already proven he will do anything for a dollar. He can now add to helping an 86 year old to his death. Maybe he and the son can get together now and write a story for the back pages of Hustler Magazine after the son gets his freebee. This family needs to stop sharing TMI. If Johnny ever had a wife, I hope she is sitting on a cloud with a rolling pin waiting for him to show up. Johnny's remark was pretty insulting. Ed, shame on you. What happens at the Bunny Ranch should stay at the Bunny Ranch and not in the Mountain Democrat.

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  • James E.December 18, 2013 - 10:34 pm

    Ms. Lewis, I also wondered. Then I noticed it was written in Lake Tahoe, and I suppose it was local news there, but certainly not Placerville news.

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  • Alex NettoDecember 19, 2013 - 12:21 am

    Debbie...... Wow , I hope you have a realationship with god cuz that was just flat out rude. Mnt. Democrat reports on local deaths ALL THE TIME , do you insult the grieving family of those deaths too. So what the old man was going to get laid! He died and that is horable no matter what the circumstances. You should truly be ashamed and really consider apologizing to the loved ones of this victim . And really ? Out of all the story's the paper prints this is the one you think is irrelevant? It's a small town , you gotta wright about somthing and this IS really a unique story. Lol . I love it , just wish the poor guy ( if it had to happen ) choked on his way back from the ranch. Hope the grandson had a good one atleast . My prayers go out to your family for the loss. R.I.P you old pimp daddy! Lol

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 19, 2013 - 7:42 am

    Alex, BRAVO! ~~~~ Ms. Lewis, I bet if your hubby and I were friends and we were discussing this "issue" I would come away with a different take on his level of disapproval. . . . Stay strong, Mr. Lewis . . .

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  • Debbie LewisDecember 19, 2013 - 9:24 am

    It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Stupid is as stupid does. You reap what you sow. Time to pay the piper. Yes, Neanderthals still walk the earth. We have proof because of people like Howard Stern and anyone who would have anything to do with him. I have nothing to be ashamed of or to apologize. I'm not the one bragging about getting laid from hookers. I am done with this and have better things to do. Since you "men" enjoy reading about sex, I think I will "go get laid" again this morning. Let me apologize for that, hahahaha.

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  • ShellyDecember 20, 2013 - 9:14 am

    You sound sexually repressed.

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  • Season ticket holderDecember 19, 2013 - 7:34 am

    Debbie ? Really?

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  • ShellyDecember 20, 2013 - 9:15 am

    She's probably just pissed that's she's too fat & ugly to get hired by The Bunny Ranch.

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 19, 2013 - 9:54 am

    Good for you, Debbie. I hope it's a toe curler.

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  • MorrisDecember 19, 2013 - 11:40 am

    At least he wasn't wearing panties.

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 19, 2013 - 11:56 am

    Morris, Thanks for checking in. Recently you have had medical issues according to the grape vine. Is this true? Regardless, you are needed here by "some". Patty particularly misses you and I think Patrice to a certain extent. Evelyn, perhaps . . . and my own prurient curiosity is concerned for Courtney's broken heart. Have you been OK. Season's greeting, Morris . . . please go easy on that giving lib crap. And yes, it is probably good that Grandpa Johnny was not wearing his silk thong.

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  • MorrisDecember 19, 2013 - 4:33 pm

    Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated Phil. But I'm hanging in there. Don't count The Mouth of The South out just yet; still have a couple of my nine left to fight with. So I'll be back to annoy soon.

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  • EvelynDecember 19, 2013 - 5:48 pm

    Morris: I'm so sorry to read that you've had a health setback. Get well -- soon.

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  • Fran DuchampDecember 19, 2013 - 7:43 pm

    Morris...please feel better soon, (shhh some of the sock puppets have not been behaving.)

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  • MorrisDecember 20, 2013 - 6:00 pm

    Thank you for your thoughts Fran. And yes, those Sockpuppets have gone out their cage and over the fence. Please be on the lookout for a black Range Rover occupied by several dozen off-white sockpuppets all jacked up on chocolate covered espresso beans and reeking of bleach. Things just haven't been the same since they started hanging out with those gangsterfruits from The Loom....

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  • 1036-FrankDecember 19, 2013 - 12:05 pm

    Meanwhile back at the Coroner's Office, the cause of death is a bit perplexing. Was it a few too many misses or too much steak? Along with a search for an empty Viagra bottle.

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  • Jim RiordanDecember 19, 2013 - 3:07 pm

    Sounds to me like the cause of death was: "Something went WHOREABLY WRONG" . . too bad it didn't happen to that, in my opinion, lowlife Stern.

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  • FYIDecember 19, 2013 - 4:11 pm

    Jim i think Howard would be the first to agree.

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  • Dee#1December 19, 2013 - 6:02 pm

    Morris, please take care and recover quickly.

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  • MorrisDecember 19, 2013 - 6:24 pm

    Wow....I'm touched. Thank you Evelyn and Dee. Your thoughts are appreciated. Merry Christmas to you both.

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  • Dee#1December 19, 2013 - 6:37 pm

    Merry Christmas to you Morris. Take care.

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  • MustangDecember 19, 2013 - 7:23 pm

    Not exactly a happy ending.

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  • upinsmokeDecember 19, 2013 - 7:26 pm

    Maybe it was I hope Ed did his gramps proud, he would have wanted it that way.

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  • Fran DuchampDecember 20, 2013 - 7:31 am

    Morris...some pictures of you friends here on the wall. http://tinyurl.com/klhq9my Merry christmas :)

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  • MorrisDecember 20, 2013 - 6:11 pm

    Fran puppet? http://www.hobbyhelper.com/making-sock-puppets/ Morris self portrait: http://wifinetnews.com/archives/2005/02/the_wages_of_puppets_are_ads.html

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