Man dies after competing in California taco-eating contest

A man died after a taco eating contest in Fresno, California. | Photo Source: Luca Nebuloni / CC BY 2.0 / MGN

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities said a man died shortly after competing in a taco-eating contest at a minor league baseball game.

Fresno Sheriff spokesman Tony Botti said Dana Hutchings, 41, of Fresno, died Tuesday night shortly after arriving at a hospital.

Botti said an autopsy on Hutchings will be done to determine a cause of death. It was not immediately known how many tacos the man had eaten, or whether he had won the contest.

Fresno Grizzlies spokesman Derek Franks did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press.

KFSN-TV reports Tuesday night's competition allowed amateurs to qualify for Saturday's World Taco Eating Championship to be held at Fresno's annual Taco Truck Throwdown.

During the 2018 Taco Eating Championship in Fresno, professional eater Geoff Esper downed 73 tacos in eight minutes.

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