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Hot Dog Eating Contest

MAN CHOKES TO DEATH

... During Competition

7/8/2014 8:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Man Dies Hot Dog Eating Contest

A 47-year-old competitive eater DIED during a hot dog eating competition in South Dakota on July 3rd ... after choking on one of the hot dogs. 

Walter Eagle Tail was participating in a 4th of July weekend contest at Way Park in Custer, SD when witnesses say he began to choke. 

Paramedics were called to the scene and tried to help ... but they were too late. 

Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler told the Rapid City Journal, "There was someone doing CPR when we arrived ... Basically, he probably just suffocated. It got lodged in his throat and they couldn't get it out."

Wheeler added, "It all happened within minutes."

In the wake of Eagle Tail's death, event organizers canceled a pie eating contest scheduled to take place the following day.

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1.

Thizz √$    

R.I.P.

55 days ago
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Teresa andrews    

Darwin.

55 days ago
3.

Your S&M Girlfriend    

I guess no one tried to Heimlich him, but on second thought if his stomach was so full he'd probably just keep aspirating. Not a nice way to die.

55 days ago
4.

Hanna Snowdon-Sykes    

Wtf?

55 days ago
5.

MRJKAVL    

slow day today harvey?

55 days ago
6.

OMFG    

SD TMZ.......4th of July Weekend...what took you so long to post?

55 days ago
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The610Kid    

Died choking on meat.... THE worst way to go out as a man lol

55 days ago
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The610Kid    

RIP tho

55 days ago
9.

Mike L    

Dumb question. Knowing that hot dogs are a choking hazard, why were paramedics not there during the contest? Why did they have to be called? I'd call this death an epic fail on the organizers, and can definitely see them being sued by the family.

55 days ago
10.

Peter Breitholtz    

hot dogs must have clogged his heart.. sad way to die

55 days ago
11.

LadyN    

This is one reason why eating contests should be banned. There is nothing good or healthy about these things. The risk of choking is high, intestinal issues, inflammation, illness...all to gorge yourself for a prize? Maybe now these contests will be looked at a bit differently. I find them to be so disgusting - and scary - to watch. RIP to this man who was just engaging in what appeared to be a fun, harmless contest.

55 days ago
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Cel405    

I'm sorry for the man and the loss for the family. I've seen clips of these contests and honestly, I'm surprised this hasn't happened sooner. It scary how fast (and how much) they shovel the food into their mouths.

55 days ago
13.

ria    

Pretty sad way to die.

55 days ago
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Barbara Scott    

WTF! These stupid mf'ers had a hotdog eating contest (aka shoving meat down one's gullet) & no one thought to have staff on the side that new the Heimlich maneuver

55 days ago
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Waka Waka Waka    

Isn't this a celebrity news site? ???

55 days ago
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