RIP Juliet Lee 1965-2019 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.

Comments (53)


  1. Rhonda Evans said (Registered March 6, 2008)

    September 10, 2019 @ 10:08 am

    (I’ve not posted here in years, but I want to express my feelings about this.)

    To say this is very sad news is a monumental understatement.

    Juliet Lee was an omnitalented competitive eater, but, more importantly, she seemed to be a kind, friendly, loving human being. It is those ways that I will remember her the most. And as long as we remember her, she is still in our lives.

    May God bless and comfort all of her loved ones, especially her immediate family members, and everyone who misses her presence.

  2. anonymous said

    September 10, 2019 @ 10:30 am

    I will not post my real name due to the negativity it might cause . Not that i care about negativity towards me but the negativity which might surround this thread if i posted my real name. At one time in the past Juliet Lee would call me not on a frequent basis but enough to consider her a good friend. It was kind of hard to communicate with her because she had a rough time speaking the English language but she did ok for herself . During the period of late 2008 2009 she was catching heat from a few eaters about how she conducted herself at the table being accused of making mess and cheating . She called me one night out the blue and started crying . She said i have something to tell you but at the same time i could hear her crying and sounding upset . I was under the impression the was upset due to the nasty comments made about her on this site but it was much more than that . She went as far as telling me her or her husband received some nasty emails urging him to leave her . Then she went on to say she does not care what people write about her and she repeated what she originally told me . “I have something to tell you ” I was like what is it? She thought twice and then said ill tell you some other time don’t worry/ Honestly it sounded as though there was a death in her family or she received a death threat . It sounded very scary . Not going to post my assumptions but maybe you can make heads or tails out of it

  3. anonymous said

    September 10, 2019 @ 10:35 am

    This really hits home not only because it was sudden but because she was part of the family . There were other MLE members who passed on but they werent with MLE long enough for us to feel the same pain we feel with Juliet

  4. SuperPaulBonebreakerBarlow said

    September 10, 2019 @ 10:40 am

    Juliet was always as sweet as she could be when I competed, and lost badly, very badly, against her. I remember in Charlotte when she knew my kids would be there with me, she actually brought them little presents – so sorry to hear of her passing. An amazing eater, and more important, a very nice human being – RIP, and condolences to all that loved her.

  5. anonymous said

    September 10, 2019 @ 10:42 am

    Cause of death is a mystery although from the first day she began competing to the present she had lost a considerable amount of weight . She was never overweight to begin with but over time she became very frail

  6. anonymous said

    September 10, 2019 @ 11:01 am

    Not for nothing but not a word of condolence from some of the big names in the sport on their twitter pages . Just about themselves and the next eating challenge they will be doing

  7. Sad ex-eater said

    September 10, 2019 @ 11:16 am

    This is very sad news. Juliet was such a sweet woman and never had anything bad to say about people. Like SuperPaul said, she would bring gifts if she knew of other eater’s kids being present at an event. Hope, whatever the cause, she went peacefully. May she rest in peace.

  8. Larellmarie said (Registered May 9, 2010)

    September 10, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

    Deeply saddened yesterday hearing this heartbreaking news. Juliet was so kind and gracious toward me & my family/friends each time we were together. We often chatted about our businesses, children, just life overall. She will greatly be missed and always remembered fondly.

  9. anonymous said

    September 10, 2019 @ 12:40 pm

    she looked like skin and bones with each passing year

  10. anonymous said

    September 10, 2019 @ 2:07 pm

    I think MLE knows the circumstances surrounding her death but they won’t say a word because it will cause unnecessary drama and gossip

  11. anonymous said

    September 10, 2019 @ 3:53 pm

    Total disgrace that so far only 2 major league eaters one present and one former took the time out to mention the passing of Juliet Lee . Everyone else is into their own greed . Horrific if you ask me

  12. anonymous said

    September 10, 2019 @ 5:25 pm

    last i heard Pat Philbin and stephanie wu are not doing very well either . Please pray for them

  13. Anonymous said

    September 10, 2019 @ 7:16 pm

    Let us please let Juliet rest in peace.

  14. anonymous said

    September 10, 2019 @ 7:36 pm

    If you check out her stats when she first came up 2007 to 2015 she averaged anywhere from 10 to 12 contests per year .By 2015 it was down to 8 By 2916 4 By 2017 and 18 maybe twice. One of those two times was Nathans so George is probably correct in his assumption that competitive eating did not cause her death. But then again if you go to MLE youtube page up until a few weeks before she died she was taking part in eating videos 18 lbs of pigs feet 60 eggs 20lbs of ramen noodles . . It probably meant nothing at the time but now that she is no longer with us it might raise a red flag

  15. anonymous said

    September 10, 2019 @ 7:45 pm

    Unless they die competing on stage MLE and George are off the hook

  16. Barry Horrowitz said

    September 10, 2019 @ 10:25 pm

    Stephanie Wu won a eating contest 2 weeks ago.

  17. anonymous said

    September 11, 2019 @ 4:40 am

    Not a word from Sonya either

  18. Anonymous said

    September 11, 2019 @ 6:18 am

    Because George Shea knows alll. The taco contest with no responsibility and pushing her to do freakishly huge challenges often at home. This is on Mle

  19. Anonymous said

    September 11, 2019 @ 7:23 am

    Barry- that information was incorrect about Wu winning that contest. The thread brought me to a 2018 Twitter post, from when she won that contest.

  20. anonymous said

    September 11, 2019 @ 8:12 am

    So far these names mentioned Juliet on FB
    Larel Mele
    Brian Subich
    Brian Taylor
    Michelle Lesco Nobody else in MLE neither cared nor bothered to acknowledge her passing . Some are more interested in charging $20 for a shout out video or when their next eating challenge for the camera is coming up.

  21. Anonymous said

    September 11, 2019 @ 9:45 am

    Juliet, according to the article, died suddenly.

  22. anonymous said

    September 11, 2019 @ 11:48 am

    They need to conduct a police investigation and an autopsy for two reasons. 1. Many of the slim female eaters who’s body weight were similar to hers are going to have shitload of anxiety attacks thinking “am i next “? 2. Find out the cause of her demise. Foul play? Heart problems ?Anorexia ? Suicide?

  23. Anonymous said

    September 11, 2019 @ 12:22 pm

    @8:12 there are other forms of social media besides FB, and it’s not always appropriate for people that barely knew someone to make a public post about their untimely death.

  24. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    September 12, 2019 @ 12:07 am

    Off topic comments have been moved to

  25. Not Seiken said

    September 12, 2019 @ 8:19 am

    If OJ is going to move off topic posts to a different thread, can he take my dribble about foul play and how waters aren’t acknowledging on social media, i really have no life other then this website and my delusional state of mind

  26. anonymous said

    September 12, 2019 @ 8:37 am

    Every ranked competitive eater should attend the funeral. If not god will strike down on you

  27. Anonymous said

    September 12, 2019 @ 11:42 am

    It is unfortunate that we do not have an address to which to send sympathy cards. There is no, to my knowledge, obituary listed by a funeral home. MLE could not give out her private information. If anyone knows an address, please write it here. I do not think such a gesture intrudes on the family’s privacy.

  28. anonymous said

    September 12, 2019 @ 12:36 pm

    i would go as far as attending the funeral but i don’t know where it’s being held

  29. anonymous said

    September 12, 2019 @ 12:44 pm

    I wonder if the Sheas are going to the funeral?

  30. Not Seiken said

    September 12, 2019 @ 12:48 pm

    obviously if you don’t have an address or phone number or funeral information you weren’t close to her. Stop pretending that you were.

  31. Anonymous said

    September 12, 2019 @ 1:39 pm

    There is no funeral, especially one open to the public.

  32. Anonymous said

    September 12, 2019 @ 4:04 pm

    Let’s be kind. All members of the CE community are “friends”, some closer than others.

  33. Teddy Chicago Made said

    September 12, 2019 @ 7:34 pm

    Nothing is more niche than competitive eating.

  34. anonymous said

    September 12, 2019 @ 8:43 pm

    After the latest turn of events competitive eating will very soon become a thing of the past because of the health risks involved and eating challenges and muckbangs will dominate the eating world . Nathans might hang around for awhile but not for long . It is going to happen just wait

  35. anonymous said

    September 12, 2019 @ 11:15 pm

    Ban eating competitions altogether they are detrimental to one’s health. They could appear fine one day but all that wear and tear on the body from past contests will eventually take it’s toll and destroy your life

  36. anonymous said

    September 13, 2019 @ 7:31 am

    After all this Badlands is back doing chugs. No comment

  37. anonymous said

    September 13, 2019 @ 9:45 am

    Dude MLE is a business . Be grateful they even mentioned Juliet passing . They could have bypassed it and went on with business as usual like nearly all the ranked eaters in MLE are doing. It would not surprise me one bit if the MC even mentions it at the pork roll contest

  38. TheWrench said (Registered September 2, 2019)

    September 13, 2019 @ 6:56 pm

    I was fortunate to meet her and have quite a few conversations with her this past summer at Nathans. She was a very kind and sweet lady. To hear of her passing is very saddening. Condolences to her family and friends and to the CE community.

  39. anonymous said

    September 14, 2019 @ 9:11 pm

    very sad news about Juliet. I still cannot believe it. Does anyone know if her ex husband is still alive ? He was the actual father of her daughters not her present husband

  40. Barry Horrowitz said

    September 14, 2019 @ 9:57 pm

    Juliet remarried eh . It’s sad when kids are involved in the divorce. I hope her second marriage was a good one

  41. anonymous said

    September 15, 2019 @ 7:35 am

    We know she remarried . Her husband attended all of her contests . I was asking if her ex whom she had children with is still alive

  42. ojrifkin said (Registered July 27, 2005)

    September 15, 2019 @ 12:54 pm

    Juliet Lee (calling herself “Leah Xu”) completed the Ben Yehuda pizza challenge with her husband in 2017

  43. anonymous said

    September 15, 2019 @ 3:58 pm

    i always thought the chinese had the key to longevity in life . Most live way into their 90′s . I guess Juliet was a rare exception

  44. Anonymous said

    September 15, 2019 @ 7:12 pm

    Juliet was a Chinese-American once she moved here. It is believed that Japanese, Chinese and other Asian countries have long lived people because of their diet. Fish, fish, fish, lots of vegetables, no junk food. Juliet, with her competitive eating, did not follow those cultural norms.

  45. anonymous said

    September 15, 2019 @ 7:58 pm

    She was not competing much over the last few years but on MLE youtube page she was consuming 18lbs of pigs feet 40 raw hamburgers just to name a few . I think it would be in MLE best interest to take them down. I get sick to my stomach looking at them more so because she passed away

  46. anonymous said

    September 15, 2019 @ 10:16 pm

    remember they are doing this for the love of the sport. Question has George Shea ever consumed the product he strongly endorses ?

  47. anonymous said

    September 16, 2019 @ 9:51 pm

    To each and every one of the competitive eaters past and present in MLE who competed with and knew Juliet and there are many, you should bow your head in shame for not even mentioning her name on your facebook or twitter pages or even in youre youtube videos . God will see fit as what type of punishment he hands down

  48. anonymous said

    September 17, 2019 @ 9:23 am

    From what i heard Juliet had very little interest in competitive eating until she found out hubby had a crush on sonya thomas which she was not fond of. That motivated her to compete and beat her and he was all for it . One problem she never beat Sonya

  49. anonymous said

    September 18, 2019 @ 6:56 am

    MLE should do the right thing by removing the videos of Juliet bathing in 18 pounds of pig feet and eating raw hamburgers. She looks terrible in the videos and is rambling on about nonsense. The yoga video is ok but the other videos is not how we want to remember Juliet

  50. anonymous said

    September 18, 2019 @ 1:37 pm

    So shocked to hear the sad news. She lived in our community. May her daughters find the courage to cope with this unimaginable loss. Someone had asked about her ex husband. Yes, he is alive and lives in her house in Germantown (i believe they co-own the property). It is not clear if she lived there in the recent past but I have seen her come and go. On the morning hours of August 16th or 17th, there were 4 police cars and an ambulance in front of their house. No one knows what it was and I was at work at the time. She was in such fabulous shape and quite young that it is hard to comprehend what just happened.

  51. anonymous said

    September 18, 2019 @ 4:56 pm

    When i said ex husband i meant the husband she was married to before the guy she is married to now who somewhat resembles Eric Clapton . The ex is the dad of her daughters Lets get that straight first

  52. anonymous said

    September 18, 2019 @ 6:27 pm

    Ambulance and cops? There is alot more to her death than what we were led to believe

  53. Anonymous said

    September 18, 2019 @ 8:04 pm

    Yes, I understand what you meant by ex husband. I am well aware that her ex is the dad of her beautiful daughters. The ex lives in Germantown in a property that he co-owns with Juliet.

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