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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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76.

MrBill2    

Mom always told me to chew thoroughly. RIP Mr Eagle Tail.

85 days ago
77.

Jackdog    

I guess they should change his name to "Choking Dog"

LOL

84 days ago
78.

pookiewookie    

This was bound to happen somewhere.

84 days ago
79.

Butthead    

Me Choke Em Weiner!

84 days ago
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