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#1 qdave

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 03:47

Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating the death of a man who collapsed and died after participating in a roach-eating contest Friday night (Oct. 5).

The grand prize of the contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach was a Python. Several contestants signed up to eat a variety of insects for the chance to win the exotic reptile. Shortly after the contest was over, the winner of the challenge, Edward Archbold, 32, wasn’t feeling well and began to regurgitate. He had consumed dozens of roaches and worms. He later collapsed in front of the store. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to the scene and transported Archbold to Broward Health North, where he was later pronounced dead.

None of the other contestants presented any medical issues after the contest.

Archbold’s body was transported to the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. They are awaiting test results in order to determine a cause of death.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 03:50

He's in florida so he's probably going to come back as a face eating zombie. On a more serious note, he probably had an allergic reaction or something like that, the contest in my opinion was unsanitary and just asking for trouble.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 03:59

Zombie state whooo hooo

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 05:43

Why do people even stage such events?

#5 Mr. Dee

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 05:52

Only in America. You have persons desperate to live and work there. Yet you have persons who gladly throw away their lives there on stupidness.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:50

They are awaiting test results in order to determine a cause of death.


Too much salt ... ?

#7 welchmen22

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:53

In Florida you can just go out and catch your own python.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:54

Bugger

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 12:54

He should have washed it down with a liquid nitrogen based beverage.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 13:13

Only in America. You have persons desperate to live and work there. Yet you have persons who gladly throw away their lives there on stupidness.


How did he "throw away his life"? exactly? most people under contest conditions assume the contest is safe... you don't see "how much clorox can you drink!" contests

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 13:24

How did he "throw away his life"? exactly? most people under contest conditions assume the contest is safe... you don't see "how much clorox can you drink!" contests

Not to mention it wasn't like they were eating randomly found insects. Being a pet store, the insects would have been as safe as possible to eat since most pets have little to no room for mistakes when it comes to contaminants. There are places in the world that insects are a regular part of human's daily meals and have zero side effects. It is entirely possible that the contest had nothing to do with his death. At this point, not enough is known to make a ridiculous assertion such as claiming he just "threw his life away."

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 13:29

That's really odd....what about that Scare factor show on TV? People eat roaches all the time on that show...

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 13:39

This will probably get on 1000 Ways To Die as
"Bugged Out!"

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 13:41

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 13:45

That's really odd....what about that Scare factor show on TV? People eat roaches all the time on that show...

Its generally safe to eat them assuming they haven't been contaminated in some way.