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Hum    6,929

What should have been a fun way to kick off the Fourth of July weekend quickly turned tragic for a Custer man who choked to death while trying to speedily eat hot dogs during a competitive eating contest.

The crowd at Way Park in Custer, just across from the county courthouse, was stunned Thursday afternoon when one of six contestants ? Walter Eagle Tail, 47 ? began to choke while trying to win the contest.

Paramedic who swiftly were called to his side tried in vain to save him. Eagle Tail was transported by ambulance to Custer Regional Hospital, where he died, authorities said.

"There was someone doing CPR when we arrived," Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler said on Monday. "Basically, he probably just suffocated. It got lodged in his throat and they couldn't get it out."

"It all happened within minutes," he added. "I think everybody was pretty well shocked about it."

Eagle Tail's untimely death put a damper on the festivities sponsored by the Custer Chamber of Commerce. Organizers cancelled a planned pie eating contest for the next day.

Wheeler said he was not sure if the death will prompt organizers to make changes to the contest next year.

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macoman    1,034

It is disgusting how these people eat the hot dogs. They look hungry animals.

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XerXis    251

those who live by the sword ... ;)

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blerk    316

those who live by the sword ... ;)

Die by the sausage  :pinch:

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game_over    711

Never understood these silly eating contests..  it's incredibly dangerous, stupid and winner is crowned for being able to eat lots of hot dogs.. woop de doo

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tiagosilva29    885

These contests are stupid. A lot could go wrong and you could end up dead. Always take your time when eating.

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Rohdekill    717

This story got me all choked up.

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cork1958    1,073

Never understood these silly eating contests..  it's incredibly dangerous, stupid and winner is crowned for being able to eat lots of hot dogs.. woop de doo

 

Completely agree and unfortunately, the guy got what he deserved for being such a dumb a**! Sorry for being such a hard a** myself, but I've watched a couple of these events and have seen people start to gag and throw up.

 

Anybody with even half a brain would know better than to do this. Maybe now, they will outlaw such retarded contests!

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Jim K    8,914

Completely agree and unfortunately, the guy got what he deserved for being such a dumb a**! Sorry for being such a hard a** myself, but I've watched a couple of these events and have seen people start to gag and throw up.

 

Anybody with even half a brain would know better than to do this. Maybe now, they will outlaw such retarded contests!

 

Come on now...he deserved to die???  While I agree that this is a really dumb contest...saying that he deserved to die is absurd.

 

Yes...let us outlaw everything that may kill us!  Or better yet...why don't you just not partake in events which may kill you.  Why outlaw it for others that enjoy (for whatever reason) these things.

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macoman    1,034

Come on now...he deserved to die??? While I agree that this is a really dumb contest...saying that he deserved to die is absurd.

Yes...let us outlaw everything that may kill us! Or better yet...why don't you just not partake in events which may kill you. Why outlaw it for others that enjoy (for whatever reason) these things.

I agreed that is not appropriate to wish someone dead, it is also absurd to outlaw any contest that is absurd as well. Lets common sense be the judge... Common sense is something that has been in decay in this country. Look at the obesity problem... That's lost of common sense and poor education in how to eat properly. In a decade, this country will be screwed up completely.

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He's Dead Jim    1,951

Man versus Food, and the food did win.... :(

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Hum    6,929

I was always taught not to gulp my food.

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+Majesticmerc    871

This story got me all choked up.

What a gag!

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spacer    980

So...who won the contest?

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68k    290

They should introduce a new rule: if a contestant does not show they are chewing food for at least two seconds, they will be disqualified.

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JonnyLH    342

Natural selection strikes again.

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Rohdekill    717

I can imagine what his headstone will read.

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webeagle12    869

He chocked on a sausage  :s

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PGHammer    207

He chocked on a sausage  :s

Eating contests are timed events - of COURSE they are dangerous!  (This is whether it is sausages or mini fruit pies - I entered one of the latter in both 1979 and 1980, with the latter being a title defense.)  A "choke event" is always a possibility.

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Louisifer    612

I guess he didn't win then :o

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Luc2k    734

I guess he didn't win then :o

What are you talking about? He won a Darwin Award.

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Hum    6,929

I can imagine what his headstone will read.

'He liked to swallow'

:shifty:

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Rohdekill    717

'He liked to swallow'

:shifty:

LMFAO

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macoman    1,034

He got killed like the fish, by the mouth.

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