Fresno, California police are investigating the causes of death for Dana Hutchings, a 41-year-old man who died Tuesday after participating in a taco-eating competition. Witnesses assure that before dying the subject swallowed the tacos "without chewing".
The events occurred at the Chukchansi Park facility and during a minor league baseball game between the Fresno Grizzlies and the Memphis Redbirds.
"He was eating so fast compared to the other two contestants," Matthew Boylan told Fresno Bee, who witnessed the competition along with approximately 40 other people. “It was like he had never eaten in his life. You used to taste the tacos through your mouth without chewing them.”
Boylan claims that about 7 minutes after the contest ended, Hutchings collapsed on the table and hit his face, then fell to the ground. The event was suspended at that very moment.
Paramedics and rescuers went to the aforementioned park to attend Hutchings, as reported by the Associated Press agency. The man was rushed to the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, but despite attempts to save him, he died.
Authorities are seeking to determine the exact causes of his death through an autopsy to be performed this Friday.
"We are devastated to learn that the fan who received medical attention after an event in Tuesday night's game died," Derek Franks, president of the Grizzlies team, said in a statement. "The Fresno Grizzlies extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to Mr. Hutchings' family," added Franks to ensure that the team will collaborate with authorities for the investigation of the death.
It is unknown how many tacos the deceased ingested, but according to the AP agency in the 2018 Fresno Taco Championship one of the participants got to eat 73 tacos in 8 minutes, according to what was reported then by the KFSN-TV network.
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