Man Dies After Competing in California Taco-Eating Contest - NBC 7 San Diego
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Man Dies After Competing in California Taco-Eating Contest

It was not immediately known how many tacos the man had eaten or whether he had won the contest

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    5 Falltacular Ways to Connect With Your Family
    Getty
    A file photo shows three tacos.

    A man died shortly after competing in a taco-eating contest at a minor league baseball game in California, authorities said Wednesday.

    Dana Hutchings, 41, of Fresno, died Tuesday night shortly after arriving at a hospital, Fresno Sheriff spokesman Tony Botti said.

    An autopsy on Hutchings will be done Thursday to determine a cause of death, Botti said. It was not immediately known how many tacos the man had eaten or whether he had won the contest.

    Fresno Grizzlies spokesman Paul Braverman said in a statement that the team was "devastated to learn" of the fan's death and that the team would "work closely with local authorities and provide any helpful information that is requested."

    Astronauts Make History With NASA's First All-Female Spacewalk

    [NATL] Astronauts Make History With NASA's First All-Female Spacewalk

    American astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch made history Friday with NASA's first all-female spacewalk. The astronauts walked outside the International Space Station to replace a faulty battery.

    (Published Friday, Oct. 18, 2019)

    Tuesday night's competition came ahead of Saturday's World Taco Eating Championship to be held at Fresno's annual Taco Truck Throwdown. The team on Wednesday announced that it was canceling that taco-eating contest, though a "taco truck throwdown" featuring food trucks and musical entertainment would go ahead as planned.

    Matthew Boylan, who watched Tuesday's taco eating contest from his seat in Section 105, told the Fresno Bee he quickly noticed Hutchings because "he was eating so fast compared to the other two (contestants)."

    "It was like he'd never eaten before," Boylan said. "He was just shoving the tacos down his mouth without chewing."

    He said Hutchings collapsed and hit his face on a table about seven minutes into the contest, then fell to the ground. The eating contest ended immediately.

    During the 2018 Taco Eating Championship in Fresno, professional eater Geoffrey Esper downed 73 tacos in eight minutes, KFSN-TV reported.

    Competitive-eating contests have become major attractions at festivals and other events. Among the most popular is the annual Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest on New York's Coney Island, where Joey Chestnut this year's champion ate 71. Esper finished third.

    South Philly Explosions Seen from Inside the Facility

    [NATL-PHI] Philadelphia Refinery Explosions Seen From Facility Cameras

    Cameras inside the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery caught on video the massive blasts early June 21 from just yards away. Here is what explosions of hundreds of thousands of pounds of explosive chemicals looks like up close. The video is from Philadelphia Energy Solutions, via the U.S. Chemical Safety Board.

    (Published Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019)

    This story has corrected the name of the TV station to KFSN-TV.