Death of man from eating tacos was choking, the contest had held during a minor league baseball game in California.
The death of a man in Northern California in a taco-eating contest during a minor league baseball game was choking, the coroner said Thursday.
The cause of the death of Dana Hutchings, 41, was disseminated at the end of the autopsy, said the Fresno County legist doctor’s office. Hutchings passed away Tuesday night after the contest held during the Fresno Grizzlies game.
Witness Matthew Boylan told the Fresno Bee publication that he warned that Hutchings was eating much faster than the other two competitors and did not seem to chew the food.
He pointed out that Hutchings passed out and hit his face against the table when they went seven minutes from the contest and then fell to the floor. The game ended immediately.
Fresno police spokesman Tony Botty said hospital emergency personnel tried to remove food scraps from the Hutchings airway.
Dana Hutchings, 41, was declared deceased at the Medical Center after he had rushed into the hospital from Chukchansi Park, home of the Fresno Grizzlies, where the competition had organized.
He fainted while the joyous advertising taco-eating contest during Fresno’s game versus the Memphis Redbirds.
“As of now, I just have that a man participating in a taco-eating contestant at the Fresno Grizzlies game died shortly after arriving in the hospital last night,” Fresno County Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said. “We are not ruling a cause of death yet.”
Later the autopsy report revealed that the man died due to choking, and no other means were involved in the death of the 41-year-old man.
The Fresno Grizzlies signify themselves as a triple-A, Pacific Coast League subsidiary of the Washington Nationals.