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A man dies after competing in a California taco food competition



FRESNO, California – a man in California died shortly after participating in a taco food competition at a small baseball game, authorities announced Wednesday.

Dana Hutchings, 41, of Fresno, died Tuesday evening after arriving at the hospital, said Fresno sheriff spokesman Tony Botti.

Botti said an autopsy at Hutchings would be done on Thursday to determine the cause of death. It is not known at once how many tacos a man ate or whether he won the competition.

KFSN-TV announced that Tuesday's competition allowed amateurs to qualify for the Saturday Taco Eating World Championship at the annual Taco Truck Throwdown show in Fresno.

Fresno Grizzlies spokesman Derek Franks did not immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press. The team did not mention this incident on any of the social media platforms on Wednesday, but an advertisement on Saturday's taco-eating competition remained on Facebook.

According to the TV station, during the Taco Food Championship in 2018, professional fighter Geoffrey Esper dropped 73 tacos in eight minutes in Fresno.

Competitive food competitions have become the main attraction of festivals, sports games and other events. One of the most popular is the annual hot dog competition of the famous Fourth of July Nathan on the New York Promenade of Coney Island, where this year's champion ate 71 sausages and buns.


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