FRESNO (CBS SF / CNN / AP) — A Central Valley man died Tuesday night after participating in a taco eating competition at a minor league baseball game.
The competition took place last night at Chukchansi Park in Fresno during a game between the Fresno Grizzlies and Memphis Redbirds.READ MORE: SF Supes Propose Free Muni Pilot Program To Encourage Ridership During Pandemic
The man was identified as Dana Hutchings, 41, by the Fresno County Sheriff’s department. The team’s on-site medical staff and paramedics immediately attended to Hutchings after he collapsed, a spokesperson for the Fresno Grizzlies said in a statement.
He died shortly after being rushed to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, authorities said. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday
“We are not ruling a cause of death yet, but we have an idea,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement.READ MORE: San Jose Names Park In Honor Of City’s Filipino American Community
“We are devastated to learn that the fan that received medical attention following an event at Tuesday evening’s game has passed away,” Fresno Grizzlies president Derek Franks said in a statement. “The Fresno Grizzlies extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the family of Mr. Hutchings. The safety and security of our fans is our highest priority. We will work closely with local authorities and provide any helpful information that is requested.”
Chukchansi Park is hosting the World Taco Eating Championship on Saturday, August 17 during the team’s annual Taco Truck Throwdown event. While the competition on Saturday is officially sanctioned by Major League Eating, an organization that organizes professional eating competitions, the event last night was not.
As of now, tickets for the competition are still being sold. However, a spokesperson for the Fresno Grizzlies says that the competitive eating portion of their annual Taco Truck Throwdown is being re-evaluated.
Competitive-eating contests have become major attractions at festivals, sports games and other events. Among the most popular is the annual Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest on New York’s Coney Island boardwalk, where Joey Chestnut of San Jose ate 71 wieners and buns to win his 12th title.MORE NEWS: COVID: Experts Weigh Vaccine Efficacy After Rare, Possible Side Effect Gets Johnson & Johnson Doses Pulled
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