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Fatality at Peter’s Clam Bar eating contest

Newsday reports that Island Park Fire Department volunteer Michael Fischer passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest while attending yesterday’s clam eating contest at Peter’s Clam Bar in Island Park, NY. The article does not mention if he participated in the eating competition. This is not the first eating contest fatality associated with a New York first responder. In April 2017, Caitlin Nelson, daughter of a Port Authority policeman who perished in the 9/11 attacks, choked to death during a pancake eating contest at Sacred Heart University. update News12 reports that the incident happened while Fischer was helping set up for the contest.

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Citing health issues, Joey Chestnut announced his withdrawal from Friday's Jack’s Donuts World Donut Hole Eating Championship in New Castle, IN. This will extend his winless streak to about six months and sets up the possibility that he will enter Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest with no 2022 victories. update IndyStar reports a positive COVID test was responsible for the withdrawal.
Hollywood Zam has a post on "Furious" Pete Czerwinski's battle with cancer. He is currently cancer-free and in remission.
LadBible has a post about Leah Shutkever's passing out while recording a food challenge for a television program in Japan, which resulted in her hospitalization. has a post about Danielle Shapiro getting hospitalized for acid reflux after eating 32 rolls at a Mountain View, CA sushi buffet. Her tiktok video recorded at the hospital has received 11.3 million views (eating video).
Insureon has a post about liability issues faced by businesses holding eating contests or food challenges.
New Vision reports that Gad Sentenekora, a 55 year old from Kanungu, Uganda, passed away after competing in an eating contest held on Christmas. This is the second African eating contest fatality in less than a week. A 16 year old Kenyan died after choking in a bread eating contest held at his school on December 22. update The Ugandan Police say that the contest organizers are on the run; after arrest, they will be charged with "negligent acts likely to cause death". reports that Harrison Odour Ouma, a 16 year old student from Busia county, Kenya, passed away after choking during a bread eating competition held at Sikura Primary School.

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.

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Men's Health has an article about Randy Santel losing over 100 pounds in 15 weeks.

Tufts University lacrosse player passes away after hot dog eating contest

WCVB reports that Madie Nicpon, a defender on the Tufts University women’s lacrosse team from Suffern, NY, passed away after choking during a off campus hot dog held Sunday in Somerville, MA. The competition was part of “Play for Pink”, a breast cancer fundraiser. She is the second female student at a New England college to after choking in a charity eating contest in the past 5 years. Caitlin Nelson passed away in 2017 after choking in a pancake eating contest held at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT (WCVB news video | Lohud article)

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The Sun has an article about Nikocado Avocado, whose weight has more than doubled since he started his big eating youtube channel.

Interview with Anne Nelson, sister of Caitlin Nelson

Daily Mail has an article about Anne Nelson, whose father, Port Authority Police Officer James Nelson, died in the World Trace Center wreckage. Another shocking fatality would strike the family 16 years later.

Tragedy stalked Anne again in 2017 when her sister Caitlin (then a 20 year old college student) died in a freak accident when she choked in a charity pancake eating contest.

‘I think that loss is what really made me process my father’s death a little more. Even though I had gone to therapy before, the enormity of it all didn’t really hit me until that happened.’

Anne Nelson’s story is proof that people can live through not one but multiple traumas and still recover. Now 31, Anne tries to honor her sister and dad in everything she does.

She currently works as a special needs teacher at an elementary school, inspired by Caitlin’s studies in social work and her father’s life-long emphasis on education. ‘I take a little bit of both of them in what I’m doing and I try to carry them with me through that.’

Nathan’s Hot Dog qualifiers, restricted to NYC civil servants, were held on top of the original World Trade Center from 1998 to 2000. “Hungry” Charles Hardy won all 3 contests. Very little information about the competitions remains on the internet. Here is a screen capture from the 2002 documentary “Footlong”

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Today marked the 2 year anniversary of the announcement of the passing of Juliet Lee, an incident which remains as shocking and mysterious as it was in 2019. (2019 Eatfeats post | 2020 Eatfeats post)
A fundraiser has been set up for Pat "from Moonachie" Philbin after a recent amputation that was forced by numerous leg issues. The gofundme is currently $65 away from its $15000 goal.

Joey Chestnut in Twitter Trending Topics

Joey Chestnut is currently the #3 Twitter Trending Topic for the United States. The social media activity was spurred by a recent study claiming that eating one hot dog will reduce a diner’s lifespan by 35 minutes.

According to the eatfeats database, Joey Chestnut has eaten 1364.5 Nathan’s Famous hot dogs in 22 public events (17 finals, 3 qualifiers and 2 exhibitions). If the study is accurate, this would truncate Joey Chestnut’s lifespan by 47,757.5 minutes, or slightly more than 33 days. A list of all of Joey Chestnut’s Nathan’s Famous hot dog results follows.

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Comments (11) reports that Henry "Nacho" Laun, famed for his eating challenges on the A & E series "Wahlburgers" and also a competitor in the 2015 Wing Bowl, died from a cocaine overdose.
Food Theory has a new video titled "Can Too Much Food Pop Your Stomach?" reports that Henry "Nacho" Laun, co-star of "Wahlburgers" who was famous for his eating challenges on the A & E series and also a competitor in the 2015 Wing Bowl, passed away after experiencing a medical emergency two weeks ago. He was found unconscious in his car while parked at a Massachusetts gas station. reports that Henry "Nacho" Laun was hospitalized after being found unconscious parked at a gas station in Massachusetts. He did several food challenges on the A & E series "Wahlburgers" including eating a divot from a golf course. He competed in the 2015 Wing Bowl using the name "Nacho Extreme".
eCelebrityMirror has a post about "Furious" Pete Czerwinski's battle against testicular cancer. He is currently in remission.
ABC30 reports that Marshall Hutchings is suing the Fresno Grizzlies for hosting a taco eating competition on August 13, 2019 that resulted in the death of his father, Dana Hutchings. The prize was a spot in the MLE taco eating contest that was to have taken place at the Taco Truck Throwdown scheduled for August 17. has an article about Mort Hurst, who held the record for Moon Pies. He retired from competitive eating after a stroke and other health issues. has an article about Dominick "The Doginator" Cardo and the health issues that resulted in his retirement in 2006.
A lawsuit seeking damages of 83 million yen (about $791,000) has been filed by the parents of a man who died after choking in a 2016 Japanese eating contest. He was requested to swallow an onigiri (rice ball) that he had stuffed in his mouth at the close of the contest, which resulted in the incident. (original article)
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