Last month I posted about the weird practice of food-eating competitions and said that it can’t be good for people to force-feed themselves to excess.
Well, the worst has happened. A man has died while taking part in a taco-eating contest.
Dana Hutchings, 41, of Fresno, died Tuesday night shortly after arriving at a hospital, said Tony Botti, a Fresno sheriff spokesman.
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.
Matthew Boylan, who watched Tuesday’s taco eating contest from his seat in the stadium, 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.
This is not a ‘sport’ that should be encouraged.