KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Larry "Fats" Goldberg, a Kansas City native who made a name for himself in New York as pizzeria operator, dieter and food writer, died Monday at 69, from complications of Alzheimer's disease.
Goldberg got the nickname "Fats" while battling obesity growing up. After peaking at more than 320 pounds, Goldberg launched a strict diet that helped him lose half the weight, which he never regained.
In his three-book collection titled "The Tummy Trilogy," writer Calvin Trillin, who grew up with Goldberg in Kansas City, detailed his lifelong friendship with Goldberg and his success as a New York City pizzeria operator. Trillin also wrote of Goldberg's willpower to lose weight while operating his restaurants and insisting on having at least one slice of pizza every day.
According to the Associated Press, Goldberg penned food columns for the New York Daily News and a 1981 book titled "The Fats Goldberg Take It Off and Keep It Off Diet Program."
Goldberg returned to Kansas City in 1980, where he operated a handful of restaurants.
According to the Kansas City Star, Goldberg is survived by two nieces, two grandnephews and a grandniece.