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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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46.

Sic    

He died doing what he loved.

75 days ago
47.

Unbroken Chain    

Dumbazzez

75 days ago
48.

dabomboo7o    

fdasfd

75 days ago
49.

dabomboo7o    

If someone is choking, first try to finger the obstruction out, then if Heimlich maneuver is unsuccessful, it is important for people to know that a tracheotomy can be done to save someones life.. You look for the adams apple of the soft depressed tissue below where the adams apple is, (above collar bone in neck).. a sharp knife can puncture this flap and the patient will be able to breath. It is a shame that this mans life was not saved.

75 days ago
50.

sickwitit    

He died because of the idiot who decided to go with CPR and not the Heimlich. If someone is CHOKING how do you expect air to pass using CPR??

75 days ago
51.

Karina    

Why weren't paramedics on hand already?!?!

75 days ago
52.

mrz.meranda    

You'd think there would have been medical staff in site or at least someone who knew to do the Heimlich if someone is chocking. CPR is pointless until the obstruction isn't a blocking the air way. It's sad that someone died due to the stupidity of others

75 days ago
53.

manbearpig    

looking at his belly, it is obvious that he died doing what he loved.

75 days ago
54.

Hard as a Woody    

OMYGOSH even Mrs. Doubtfire would've known to use the Heimlich maneuver! Basically whoever performed CPR probably killed him by getting the hot dog even more logged.

75 days ago
55.

anonymous    

too bad man. RIP I wonder when his family is going to try to sue for this man's screw up? Sue happy Murica. Yee haw!

75 days ago
56.

fastdriver    

These ridiculous, gross contests should be banned! I think they're disgusting. Too bad he died. What a way to go! Plain DUMB!

75 days ago
57.

Reginaphalange    

Maybe he didn't know he had to chew them

75 days ago
58.

DANg    

awww, thats too bad. He could have had steak

75 days ago
59.

Stymie    

CPR?!?!?! WTF!!!! Hello. No one knew how to do the Heimlich.? CPR probably helped get the food lodged in even more. Poor guy.

75 days ago
60.

taz    

Maybe in future it might be good to have medical staff AT the contest, or better yet, don't shove bunches of hot dogs down your throat and call it a sport.

75 days ago
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