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RIP Juliet Lee 1965-2019

MajorLeagueEating.com has sad and shocking news: an obituary for Juliet Lee has been posted. No details about her passing are provided and I have not been able to track down any additional sources of information.

update Fox 5 has an article with these quotes from George Shea

“Juliet was in very good health and if you think of the number of times competitive eaters attend contests each year, it might be 3-10 contests a year so its not over the course of a year, an extraordinary addition of calories or both. …i have never heard of any impact like that. I can say that it certainly had nothing to do with competitive eating,” said Shea.

update Sept 23 A commenter gives the date of Juliet’s passing as August 16, more than three weeks before the date of September 9 in the MLE obituary. A comment on a Germantown Pulse facebook post also gives August as the month of passing.

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Competitor in Fresno Grizzlies taco qualifier passes away

update #5MLE have made their first social media update since Tuesday’s tragedy with an Instagram post about Badlands Booker’s new video. The Sacramento Bee has an article The family has set up a fundraising page on facebook

update #4 Yahoo.com has an interview with the family of the deceased. The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office announced that choking was the cause of death.

Another tweet promoting Tuesday’s contest as a MLE qualifier has been deleted (Original URL) Here is a screen capture:

update #3Saturday’s contest has been removed from the MLE schedule.

update #2 Saturday’s MLE contest has been cancelled (Fresno Bee article)

The Fresno Grizzlies have deleted the June 26 tweet promoting last night’s contest as a MLE qualifier. Here is a screenshot:

update The Fresno Grizzlies have posted an official statement which denies that last night’s contest was MLE sanctioned or a qualifier for a MLE event. The contest was promoted as awarding a spot in Saturday’s MLE contest. The Fresno Grizzlies held qualifiers in 2017 and 2018. Both competitions were won by Zach Armas, who took 6th and 5th place in the MLE events.

The Fresno Bee reports that a competitor in last night’s taco eating contest at the Fresno Grizzlies ballpark passed away. The competition was to have awarded a spot in Saturday’s MLE contest. I believe this is the first fatality connected with a sanctioned event in American competitive eating history. Details about the incident:

Fans at the game said a man collapsed to the ground in the middle of the taco eating contest. Emergency medical technicians then attempted the Heimlich maneuver and CPR before paramedics arrived in an ambulance and tried to resuscitate him, fans added.

It wasn’t immediately clear why the man collapsed.

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NZ Herald reports that Philip Andrew Ludermann passed away on June 29 after choking in a pie eating contest held at a rugby club in New Zealand. Stuff.co.nz also has an article about the incident with quotes from Nela Zisser.
Eric "Badlands" Booker discusses on the Viral Family youtube challenge how he almost choked during an eating contest and provides advice on handling food lodged in your throat along with tips on wing eating techniques.
The NY Post has an article titled "The wild, outrageous and downright disgusting secrets of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest". Tim Janus' claim of having "reversed" almost 10,000 times in his career is mentioned.
In a response to a twitter inquiry about the possibility of a comeback, Tim "Eater X" Janus says he threw up almost 10,000 times over the course of his 12 year competitive eating career, which has had an unknown impact on his health.
A new playground in Clark, NJ was dedicated to Caitlin Nelson, who passed away after choking in a pancake eating contest on April 2, 2017 at Sacred Heart University.
ABC.net.au has an article about Australian competitive eating focusing on the health risks faced by participants.
Unscrambled.sg reports that a Japanese woman passed away last week after choking during the "Onigiri challenge", an attempt at eating a rice ball without drinking in under 30 seconds. The incident was livestreamed on her youtube channel. (translated Korean article).

Takeru Kobayashi defends Chronic Taco title

update April 12
Full official results have been posted:

1st 157 Takeru Kobayashi
2nd 146 Molly Schuyler
3rd 107 Dan “killer” Kennedy
4th 94 Jesse Pynnönen
5th 78 David “Tiger Wings and Things” Brunelli
6th 59 Kevin Ross
7th 47 Naader “Freak8r” Reda
8th 41 Jimmy “The Spicialist” Lin

Naader Reda has uploaded a video of his choking incident

update #2 The Los Angeles Daily News has a contest report giving the official results as
1) Takeru Kobayashi 157 tacos
2) Molly Schuyler 146 tacos

Naader Reda required the Heimlich maneuver during the contest, but completed the competition.

Takeru Kobayashi ate 157 tacos in 10 minutes to defend his Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge title at the Sabroso Taco Fest in Dana Point, CA. update Eric Anderson has a video of the contest. Kobayashi and Molly Schuyler were announced as having both eaten 160 tacos at the conclusion of the competition.

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24 year old beauty therapist Bethan Gaskin passed away after she choked after attempting to see how many Jaffa Cakes she could fit in her mouth in Bourne, England on February 22.
Znak.com reports that a 45 year old man died on March 8 while competing in a pancake eating contest in Vladimir, Russia. (via XSovietNews)
Men's Health has an article about the health consequences of big-eating mukbang videos focusing on Erik "The Electric" Lamkin and Nikocado Avocado.
"Furious" Pete Czerwinski announces that he will undergo surgery tomorrow to have his remaining testicle removed in order to excise a cancerous mass. Let's hope this finally knocks out the condition which has afflicted him over the past four years.
MEL magazine has an article titled "Competitive Eating is Basically Getting Paid to Have an Eating Disorder" with quotes from Erik Lamkin, Randy Santel and Ed "Cookie" Jarvis, who says that MLE asked him to sit out competitions due to health concerns.
The Wall Street Journal has an article about the South Korean government's plans to regulate Mukbang videos, which it claims are contributing to a rise in obesity levels. (Access via a Google News query to bypass the paywall).
In his latest video, "Furious" Pete Czerwinski announces that he has been diagnosed with an elevated level of HCG, which can be a benchmark of testicular cancer. Let's hope he can get that down to zero soon.
Joel Hansen has uploaded a video of his runner-up finish at the Supreme Donair eating conest at King of Donair in Halifax, NS which includes his choking incident.
Patch.com reports that a playground will be built in Clark, NJ in honor of Caitlin Nelson, who passed away after choking in a pancake eating contest held at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT on March 30, 2017.
Some sad news from Stephanie Wu: she has discovered that her throat issues were symptoms of thyroid cancer and has terminated her restaurant challenge tour to focus on her health. Ed "Cookie" Jarvis was diagnosed with thryoid cancer in 2010 which was removed by surgery.
Former boxer Mario Melo passed away after competing in a croissant eating contest in Pinamar, Argentina. In 1990 he faced off against Michael Moorer for the WBA light heavyweight world title. The 56 year old was believed to have diabetes. updateTMZ has an article with a video of the incident (warning: disturbig)
The Hartford Courant reports that the family of Caitlin Nelson is suing Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT for allowing a pancake eating contest on March 30, 2017 that resulted in her death following choking. The objective of the lawsuit is not just to exact monetary damages, but to "expose the danger of amateur eating contests and to prevent other families from experiencing such a tragedy".
An emergency at an eating contest will be an incident in tonight's episode of 9-1-1 on FOX.
Mens Health has an interview with Erik "The Electric" Lamkin about recovery from his eating disorder.
A man was hospitalized after swallowing a ghost pepper in an eating contest in Brighton, England. The unnamed competitor was facing off against Shahina Waseem, who is undefeated in spicy eating contests.
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