Man Dies After Competing in California Taco-eating Contest

FRESNO, CA (AP) — A man died shortly after competing in a taco-eating contest at a minor league baseball game in California, authorities said Wednesday. 41-year-old Dana Hutchings of Fresno, died Tuesday night shortly after arriving at a hospital. An autopsy on Hutchings will be performed today to determine a cause of death. It was not immediately known how many tacos the man had eaten or whether he had won the contest. The Fresno Grizzlies said in a statement that the team was “devastated to learn” of the fan’s death. A man 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).” adding “He was just shoving the tacos down his mouth without chewing.” 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.

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