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Auto Legend Carroll Shelby

The Chili Community Mourns Death of a Legend

5/12/2012 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The late Carroll Shelby didn't just invent one of the coolest sports cars ever ... he also INVENTED THE WORLD CHILI COOKOFF ... and TMZ has learned the chili community is planning a memorial to honor their spicy savory king.

TMZ spoke with Ed Blair -- President of the Chili Appreciation Society International -- who tells us Shelby will be honored at the Terlingua International Chili Championship (think Super Bowl of chili).

According to Blair, Shelby's image will be featured on a memorial board ... along with other chili legends who died in the past year.

89-year-old Shelby passed away on Friday ... it's unclear if chili consumption played a role in his death.

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Butters_Creamy_Goo    

Premiere

809 days ago
2.

DaveT    

Chili cook off's rock, we have a huge one here every year, it's a blast, awesome chili and you can hang out and get to know a lot of the locals, people bouncing around and having fun, and live music, good times.

809 days ago
3.

buzz kill    

Rest in peace.

809 days ago
4.

She's baaaack    

"... it's unclear if chili consumption played a role in his death." That's funny? Has Perez Hilton taken over TMZ?

809 days ago
5.

EggsOverEasy    

"it's unclear if chili consumption played a role in his death." ?? Are you drunk TMZ, what a terrible thing to say!!

809 days ago
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EggsOverEasy    

Maybe you should remove "it's unclear if chili consumption played a role in his death. " from the story so his family doesn't see it.. good lord

809 days ago
7.

Dale    

The highlight will be the 21 fart salute at noon.

809 days ago
8.

parlayer    

Obozo had him hit, the nerve of Shelby wanting a V-8, with some punch!!

809 days ago
9.

BW    

89-year-old Shelby passed away on Friday ... it's unclear if chili consumption played a role in his death.

Really, what kind of P.O.S. would write something like this?

809 days ago
10.

BadCoworkers.com    

his last words were, "more tabasco!".

808 days ago
11.

Michael    

Are you F'ing kidding me? You clearly have no idea who Carroll Shelby is or what he accomplished.

799 days ago

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