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Hot Dog Eating Contest

MAN CHOKES TO DEATH

... During Competition

7/8/2014 8:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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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Rigby    

Obese

74 days ago
17.

lastrebel    

Maybe I'm an acception but, I find it hard to muster up any sympathy for people stupid enough to enter these contests. A guy in Ft. Lauderdale, FL met the same fate after a **** roach eating competition. WTF is wrong with these people ? With that said, condolences to the family or children if he had any.

74 days ago
18.

Chris    

Didn't your mama tell you to chew your food? Sorry for dead guy, but why TMZ finds this newsworthy is beyond me.

74 days ago
19.

boo boo    

Most choked on food in America. How terrifying!

74 days ago
20.

dontworryaboutit    

darwinism

74 days ago
21.

Cookie Lady    

Bummer. If I had to choke to death I'd rather it be on a nice rare filet mignon, or maybe a chocolate biscotti, but not a hot dog.

74 days ago
22.

pica86    

What a fawk up way to die

74 days ago
23.

D_Godard    

Death by wiener

74 days ago
24.

truth    

Who gives a sh*it about this fat f*ck except for his family of course. He died doing what he loves, eating!
Then they canceled the pie eating contest, I would have been pissed because I love eating pie :)

74 days ago
25.

Clytemnestra    

Only 47. Sigh.

74 days ago
26.

Usagi-chan    

#America

74 days ago
27.

Chgome    

what's the point of this article. I guess TMZ is in the business of exploitation no matter who it is. Disrespectful for TMZ to do this, what about his family ?

74 days ago
28.

reallydotdotdot    

With all the starving people in the world. We die stuffing our mouths, and call it a sport. #firstworldproblems

74 days ago
29.

Maxx    

So there were no Paramedics on hand at the event?

74 days ago
30.

JBinMorocco    

Shame on those people for behaving like disgusting, gluttonous pigs. SO many people go without food every day and yet these people shovel food in their mouths like greedy pigs. Sorry not sorry.

74 days ago
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