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Man dies after competing in California taco-eating contest

Posted at 10:11 AM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 10:14:23-04

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man died shortly after competing in a taco-eating contest at a minor league baseball game.

A Fresno Sheriff’s spokesman says 41-year-old Dana Hutchings, of Fresno, died Tuesday night shortly after arriving at a hospital.

The Sheriff’s office says an autopsy on Hutchings will be done to determine a cause of death. It was not immediately known how many tacos the man had eaten, or whether he had won the contest at the Fresno Grizzlies’ game.

KFSN-TV reports Tuesday night's competition allowed amateurs to qualify for Saturday's World Taco Eating Championship to be held at Fresno's annual Taco Truck Throwdown.

During the 2018 Taco Eating Championship in Fresno, professional eater Geoff Esper downed 73 tacos in eight minutes.