Aaron Osthoff commits suicide after attempted murder

Some shocking and tragic news:

In the early morning of November 19, Aaron Osthoff forced his way into the home of Megan Breuer in Potosi (in southwest Wisconsin about 20 miles from Osthoff’s hometown of Dubuque, Iowa). She called 911 and after police arrived, Osthoff fired his gun multiple times. He severely injured Breuer and then took his own life with his firearm. She was hospitalized and was listed in stable condition as of November 22. Police said that Breuer and Osthoff knew each other, but no additional information about their relationship has been divulged.

Osthoff was a member of Major League Eating from 2011 to 2014. He competed in the 2011, 2013 and 2014 Nathan’s finals, finishing 6th in the men’s division in 2013. In 2012, Osthoff and his wife Heather both qualified for the Nathan’s July 4 championship, but they did not participate in that competition that year. In 2015, Osthoff retired from Major League Eating. He concluded his competitive eating career with a victory in the Dubuque Wing Bowl later that year.

In February 2020, Osthoff was featured in a New York Time article about his acquisition of a copy of the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment report that was autographed by former President Trump. The document was sold by Goldin Auctions for a price of $81,180.

On June 30, 2021, Osthoff’s 20 year old daughter Brielle took her own life. Her struggle with mental health was the subject of a September article by the Telegraph Herald. The Osthoffs have two other children: Brittany Murphrey and Brock Osthoff.

Osthoff’s social media offers minimal clues into what might have triggered the tragedy. His final facebook post on November 17 was an uncaptioned picture of himself in a room with no visible items other than high heeled shoes on a shelf. His twitter and instagram have not been updated for over a year.

Comments (8)


  1. Anonymous said

    December 11, 2021 @ 8:49 pm

    What good does sharing this information do for the world of competitive eating. This isn’t a crime news website.

  2. Anonymous said

    December 13, 2021 @ 7:53 am

    I agree fully with 8:49. Incredibly inappropriate. He Was A…….perhaps you are hopped up on steroids but a sweeping generalization is just plain nasty and ignorant. You know nothing, I am shocked that OJ would write such a lengthy accounting of a tragedy. Is this the result of not enough news? The whole is written with no sympathy at all. Speaks poorly of you OJ.

  3. I said

    December 13, 2021 @ 2:04 pm

    Yeah, why put news about the competitive eating world here!!!!!

    Oh yeah, this site is about news from the competitive eating world….

  4. Anonymous said

    December 13, 2021 @ 6:48 pm

    A-Train was a major part of the competitive eating world. Sadly, he exited the world in a horribly newsworthy way. He was already the subject of police investigations and press articles. I’m grateful OJ posted this because I would have never known.

  5. Anonymous said

    December 14, 2021 @ 9:22 pm

    Hey dumbasses, he was a part of competitive eating. This is a site for competitive eating news…

  6. Anonymous said

    December 15, 2021 @ 3:25 pm

    Such a tragedy could have been written far better than it was. It did not need to be so long or even so detailed. Aaron and his daughter were suffering from a kind of mental illness. Let’s try to be respectful to their memories. Imagine the pain of those who are left to recover and make sense of such actions.

  7. Anonymous said

    December 17, 2021 @ 3:46 pm

    I only remember him wining wing bowl in dubuque after he barely qualified with probably 10th or 11th out of 12th overall place in the qualifier (that day he barely qualified in top 3 as they had 4 qualifiers top 3 get in finals) then had a rigged finals for him to win. Was a really bad contest overall.

  8. Anonymous said

    December 17, 2021 @ 6:37 pm

    Passing away was enough OJ. Leave the story outa here

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