FRESNO (AP) — A man died shortly after competing in a taco-eating contest at a minor league baseball game, authorities said Wednesday.
Dana Hutchings, 41, of Fresno, died Tuesday night shortly after arriving at a hospital, Fresno Sheriff spokesman Tony Botti said.
An autopsy on Hutchings will be done today to determine a cause of death, Botti said.
It was not immediately known how many tacos the man had eaten or whether he had won the contest.
Fresno Grizzlies spokesman Paul Braverman said in a statement that the team was “devastated to learn” of the fan’s death and that the team would “work closely with local authorities and provide any helpful information that is requested.”
Tuesday night’s competition came ahead of Saturday’s World Taco Eating Championship to be held at Fresno’s annual Taco Truck Throwdown.The team on Wednesday announced that it was canceling that taco-eating contest, though it said a “taco truck throwdown” featuring food trucks and musical entertainment would go ahead as planned.