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Man dies during taco eating contest
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: August 15, 2019 05:17PM
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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A man died shortly after competing in a taco-eating contest at a minor league baseball game in California, authorities said Wednesday.

Dana Hutchings, 41, of Fresno, died Tuesday night shortly after arriving at a hospital, Fresno Sheriff spokesman Tony Botti said.

An autopsy on Hutchings will be done Thursday to determine a cause of death, Botti said. It was not immediately known how many tacos the man had eaten or whether he had won the contest.

Fresno Grizzlies spokesman Paul Braverman said in a statement that the team was "devastated to learn" of the fan's death and that the team would "work closely with local authorities and provide any helpful information that is requested."

Tuesday night's competition came ahead of Saturday's World Taco Eating Championship to be held at Fresno's annual Taco Truck Throwdown. The team on Wednesday announced that it was canceling that taco-eating contest, though a "taco truck throwdown" featuring food trucks and musical entertainment would go ahead as planned.

Matthew Boylan, who watched Tuesday's taco eating contest from his seat in Section 105, told the Fresno Bee he quickly noticed Hutchings because "he was eating so fast compared to the other two (contestants)."

"It was like he'd never eaten before," Boylan said. "He was just shoving the tacos down his mouth without chewing."

He said Hutchings collapsed and hit his face on a table about seven minutes into the contest, then fell to the ground. The eating contest ended immediately.

During the 2018 Taco Eating Championship in Fresno, professional eater Geoffrey Esper downed 73 tacos in eight minutes, KFSN-TV reported.




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Re: Man dies during taco eating contest
Posted by: hal
Date: August 15, 2019 05:39PM
This could well be the end of all eating contests.

It must have been horrifying to witness.
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Re: Man dies during taco eating contest
Posted by: Ammo
Date: August 15, 2019 05:41PM
Sounds like there coulda been a Tex-Mex Death Hex.



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Re: Man dies during taco eating contest
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: August 15, 2019 07:15PM
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hal
This could well be the end of all eating contests.

Very doubtful; it’s a surprisingly popular and organized little subculture. Though I wouldn’t be surprised to see tighter rules related to safety, such as judges being able to ‘tag out’ contestants if the have safety concerns about them continuing.
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Re: Man dies during taco eating contest
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: August 15, 2019 08:08PM
Not known whether he won the contest. That's the important thing.
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Re: Man dies during taco eating contest
Posted by: freeradical
Date: August 15, 2019 09:27PM
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Dennis S
Not known whether he won the contest. That's the important thing.

Yeah, I noticed that comment in the piece as well.

The question though is whether or not there was any cilantro on the tacos...
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Re: Man dies during taco eating contest
Posted by: testcase
Date: August 15, 2019 10:54PM
Darwin Award in Aisle 3.............. facepalm
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Re: Man dies during taco eating contest
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: August 15, 2019 11:27PM
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Dennis S
Not known whether he won the contest. That's the important thing.

Yeah, I noticed that comment in the piece as well.

The question though is whether or not there was any cilantro on the tacos...

He didn't win. They called it off when he dropped.

They're not disclosing who supplied the tacos. That's more interesting to me then whether he won this prelude-to-the-real-contest contest.

I'm curious whether they have a big "A" taped to their window. Every time that I ever ate at a "B" restaurant, I got food poisoning. I can easily imagine a "C" restaurant killing someone.



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Re: Man dies during taco eating contest
Posted by: Robert M
Date: August 16, 2019 09:51AM
Hal,

Incredibly unlikely that eating contests will be barred because of this. One reason: people _choose_ to enter these contests. They know what they are getting into and must accept the consequences of their actions. Some people do well, i.e. Joey Chestnut. Others pay the ultimate price. I still remember reading about a gentleman who choked to death after winning a cockroach eating contest. In this case, I'd like to know the cause of death, which at this time remains unknown.

Robert
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Re: Man dies during taco eating contest
Posted by: timg
Date: August 16, 2019 11:00AM
Are we talking soft tacos or hard tacos??



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Re: Man dies during taco eating contest
Posted by: Mactel
Date: August 16, 2019 11:54AM
Michael Douglas almost died this way!


(Credit to David Spade's new show where he told this joke. I chuckled)
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Re: Man dies during taco eating contest
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: August 16, 2019 04:17PM
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Are we talking soft tacos or hard tacos??

Yeah, if they were hard tacos and he was basically swallowing them whole, the shells could do some damage to his innards.
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Re: Man dies during taco eating contest
Posted by: tenders
Date: August 16, 2019 06:28PM
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Mactel
Michael Douglas almost died this way!


(Credit to David Spade's new show where he told this joke. I chuckled)

That's a good line. I had to think about it a while. Resolutely off-color and in deliciously bad taste without a single blue word!
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Re: Man dies during taco eating contest
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: August 17, 2019 12:33PM
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Sarcany
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freeradical
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Dennis S
Not known whether he won the contest. That's the important thing.

Yeah, I noticed that comment in the piece as well.

The question though is whether or not there was any cilantro on the tacos...

He didn't win. They called it off when he dropped.

They're not disclosing who supplied the tacos. That's more interesting to me then whether he won this prelude-to-the-real-contest contest.

I'm curious whether they have a big "A" taped to their window. Every time that I ever ate at a "B" restaurant, I got food poisoning. I can easily imagine a "C" restaurant killing someone.

What kind of food poisoning kills someone in 7 minutes?



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Re: Man dies during taco eating contest
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: August 17, 2019 12:50PM
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rjmacs
What kind of food poisoning kills someone in 7 minutes?

A "C" restaurant probably uses cyanide in place of MSG.



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