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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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daisy     

How very sad that someone was doing CPR instead of the Heimlich or a tracheotomy to get air to his lungs! There are basic first aid videos on the internet, it would be great if people watched them to help their fiends and family in just this kind of emergency. What a sad way to die, and so unnecessary.

71 days ago
32.

Ron Fing Swanson    

That's gross and dumb way to go, choking on meat. These are not competition just foolish bar games.

71 days ago
33.

WD    

Darwin

if youre gonna shovel crap into your mouth to win a contest then you takes your chances

71 days ago
34.

thedash    

i logged in just to say I CAN'T!!!!

71 days ago
35.

lighthouse    

What a shame. Those contests are just moronic to me. Wver hear of enjoying your food?

71 days ago
36.

britt_bitxh    

Shouldn't they have had an emt on hand, readily available??

71 days ago
37.

TwinStars*    

The MOST embarrassing way to die. "Large wiener lodged in throat."

71 days ago
38.

tony    

Looks like Custer got one more even in death!

71 days ago
39.

GothamGirl    

Heimlich? Most waiters/waitresses are trained to perform it?

71 days ago
40.

may28    

How sad.

71 days ago
41.

Gailmarie    

I don't understand his this story is celebrity gossip. And TMZ doesn't even have the decency to put this mans first name in the title of the story. Every single article I see has the celebrity's first name written in the header. Shame on you TMZ for posting a story like this. Did you think of his family and children who are mourning for their father. Disgusting. TMZ if you feel this is a celebrity death you should treat this article like the rest of the articles you post about celebrity deaths. SHAME ON TMZ

71 days ago
42.

boo boo    

Emergency responders are expensive to hire for a neighborhood eating contest. Besides, they can't always save a person who is choking. Someone was on site doing cpr when responders arrived, so it's not like he just died and no one did anything to help.

71 days ago
43.

LovesDearDaniel    

These events are so ridiculous over the weekend espn was airing Nathan's annual hot dog eating contest I guess espn considers pounding wieners down your throat a sport? Sad this man passed how could have not been some kind of medical staff at this event?

71 days ago
44.

TheMachine1    

Those competitions are disgusting on so many levels.

71 days ago
45.

dee    

Sad but really what do you expect putting so much food in your mouth

71 days ago
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