A memorial for Stephanie Torres will be held tomorrow in Las Cruces, NM. The cause of her passing was fainting from low potassium levels. (via Stephanie Wu) update Stephanie Wu reports stories are being collected for a memorial urn. update Oct 4 Link for video streaming will start at 3 Pacific / 4 Mountain / 6 eastern (via Stephanie Wu).


  1. anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 11:11 am

    Only some of the ignorant morons on this site that know very little about medicine will believe it. Very few will actually die from low potassium levels. It was only a symptom of the actual cause of her death. Same way large intake of sugar is not the cause of diabetes

  2. Anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 11:20 am

    It’s a bit more than that. Ms Wu, undoubtedly, is a loyal friend to the end and beyond.

  3. anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 11:25 am

    Oh without question it’s a bit more than that. Let Wu believe what she wants us to believe and call it a night

  4. stephanie_wu said (Registered August 17, 2010)

    October 3, 2015 @ 12:09 pm

    Thank you 11:20.

    11:25: I didn’t post anything about her cause of death. I just posted a link to her memorial service on twitter. In that link, some other person announced her cause of death on the facebook memorial page.

  5. Anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 12:25 pm

    Oh, my gosh. This invites a fair amount of speculation bc this community knows as well as any what often causes low potassium levels.

  6. anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 12:26 pm

    Only a full autopsy report will be conclusive to the cause of death. Until then, anything reported by fans friends or what have you, is speculative

  7. anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 12:34 pm

    Instead of these dopey vegans showing up with fake blood on their face at Nathans events, a slew of activists should show up with teashirts of Stephanie image next to or in a coffin holding signs “show some compassion for Christ sake”. Then maybe they would start showing respect . I apologize for being graphic but i am very upset

  8. Anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 12:37 pm

    Wu, was she water training? Tell us. People on this site would benefit from knowing. If something else caused it, okay. But if it was training for these stupid contests that caused it, tell us. People need to put these contests in perspective.

  9. anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 1:22 pm

    Nah i doubt she was water training . Wasn’t her thing. But binge eating has alot to do with it. Check out her video restaurant challenges over the last 5yrs puts everything into perspective. Beast Bertoletti Pete and others have engaged in the same but they are fortunate. This is only the beginning

  10. Anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 1:31 pm

    We all know training is dangerous but we do it anyway.Water training is very dangerous and doctors have said it lowers potasium levels.This could be the start of the end of organized contests.

  11. anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 1:33 pm

    I will not post my name because it will just bring on the trolls but i took part in a challenge several months ago which included an over abundance of deli meat rolled into a sandwich. After the first few hrs everything seemed ok but it was the calm before the storm. Violent stomach pains the likes of which i would not wish on my worst enemy. Consistent runs for the next few hrs and accompanied by pains of death. Women going into labor go through worse but this was right there with it. Finally subsided the next morning after heaving which i should have done immediate after the challenge. For those that refuse to believe that throwing up is the right way to go after a challenge instead of shitting it out , you are dead wrong . The minor throat or acid damage you might incur does not hold a candle to possible botulism or food poisoning And all that for what? Free meal?

  12. stephanie_wu said (Registered August 17, 2010)

    October 3, 2015 @ 1:52 pm

    No, she did not water train or train at all for contests.

  13. anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 2:09 pm

    Let’s start with homewrecker challenge. Won’t discount fact that it was her choice and she loved her hobby but you idiots who cheered her on all these years for a job well done , cheer her on to death.

  14. Anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 2:16 pm

    Thank you for answering that.

  15. Steph`s BF John Nootens said

    October 3, 2015 @ 2:38 pm

    When she fainted she hit her head and that killed her. Thats what the doctor who did the autopsy said. She fainted from low potassium. She wasn’t chugging water or whatever to train. It was a freak accident. I know because I was the last person to see her alive and I was there when they took her body away. I woke up Tuesday morning with her in my arm looking up at me smiling. I kissed her goodbye and left for work. She was happy and looked fine. When I came back she was dead and the police where there. Her roommate found her on the floor with blood coming out of her head and had called 911 but she was already dead. They carted her away to Albuquerque for an autopsy. The cause of death wasn’t released until her mother drove from LA to Albuquerque to hear it in person. Then she was cremated. If you need more than that you can email me questions. John.nootens@yahoo.com

  16. anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 3:31 pm

    Finally someone explains the real story . Very believable and very tragic. Like getting hit by stray bullet or moving vehicle. Sorry for your loss.

  17. Anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 3:43 pm

    Reading John’s post made me cry inside.

  18. anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 3:47 pm

    I’m terribly distraught about Steph’s death.

  19. anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 4:13 pm

    wonder if police will conduct an investigation into her death

  20. Steph`s BF John Nootens said

    October 3, 2015 @ 4:28 pm

    The police already investigated it. In New Mexico any unattended death is treated as a crime untill cause of death is known which it is now. When they were at the house though they did a full investigation including taking statements from me and her roommate and taking pics of everything.

  21. anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 4:37 pm

    Glad you and the roommate are in the clear Scary stuff. Deepest condolences

  22. anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 6:31 pm

    Sheas will never acknowledge her death . She left on bitter terms or shall we say removed on bitter terms They eulogize very few

  23. Nothing Personal said

    October 3, 2015 @ 7:24 pm

    CE is a business. Nothing more. Nothing less.

  24. anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 7:41 pm

    A business huh? Funny you say that . In movie pump iron , Schwarzenegger mom informed him of his dad death. His reply was sorry about dad but i cant fly out for funeral because im in training for Mr Olympia. Same mentality

  25. Nothing Personal said

    October 3, 2015 @ 7:56 pm

    I’m just stating what is. If you have issues take it up with MLE.

  26. anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 8:11 pm

    Even businesses have charitable arms and honor the passing of employees and ex-employees.

  27. anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 8:14 pm

    She was with IFOCE for a very limited engagement . More like a one hit wonder . Sheas hardly knew her so there is no reason for them to mention anything on their site or twitter

  28. anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 8:16 pm

    The Sheas called Kobsayashi a coward and removed respected pictures from the Wall of Fame at Coney Island. Shows their true character.

    BTW, why hasn’t All Pro Eating, where Stephanie is ranked no. 5, said anything either?

  29. Craig Reed said (Registered February 21, 2009)

    October 3, 2015 @ 8:36 pm

    Steph didn’t water train. She did spend hours at buffets. She always had problems with low iron and potassium. She fainted around me a few times because of it. It was always scary. Nobody should be talking shit about her, for all I know she still hated me and I still hoped she was happy and was upset to hear the news.

  30. anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 9:19 pm

    All Pro eating is not a real organization anymore

  31. anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 9:23 pm

    She did not leave the organization on good terms from what i heard. Antolini called her out for being selfish and undevoted when she wore the disguise in some non sanctioned event. I doubt she apologized because that wasn’t her style . I would think he said what he had to say on the phone , she didn’t respond or probably hung up on him. Screw them and that slave contract

  32. anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 9:29 pm

    811pm amen but understand that the little devoted elves of the organization agree with everything they do . Instead of questioning heartless actions 7:24 another typical kiss ass to the feds, comes back with the standard excuse . “Its a business nothing more nothing less”

  33. anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 9:33 pm

    The fact that she died from passing out accompanied by a fatal head injury is about as freak accident as you can get. The low potassium issue should have been looked into right away which would have possibly saved her life .

  34. anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 9:40 pm

    This was no someone going off the deep end kinda shit like Bickle or that Van Damn kid doing some stupid water stunt to get himself killed. Both of them were responsible for their own actions . It seems that Stephanie was not. You have to feel for the parents and her close friends . Major tragedy that could have been avoided

  35. anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 10:18 pm

    9:33 and 9:40: Stephanie didn’t have health insurance.

  36. anonymous said

    October 3, 2015 @ 10:21 pm

    “Nobody should be talking shit about her”

    That’s kind of ironic that you say that about her Craig. It seems you did enough damage yourself.

  37. ErikTheElectric said (Registered January 11, 2015)

    October 4, 2015 @ 2:47 am

    It’s crazy how people can have absolutely zero integrity and consideration. If you’re not here to pay your respects and celebrate her life, then why say anything at all?

  38. anonymous said

    October 4, 2015 @ 8:03 am

    No health insurance? Whhhhhhhat? Like playing with loaded dynamite

  39. anonymous said

    October 4, 2015 @ 9:22 am

    I like this video US Male did with Stephanie 2yrs ago eating baby food . Especially at the 3 min mark when he feeds baby Seiken CD stick to blogging at 3 min mark

  40. Beatrice Medel said

    October 4, 2015 @ 2:06 pm

    Hello this is Stephanie’s aunt, I am reading some of these messages some are good and some are bad but John is not the person that you need to go to for answers. John was her boyfriend for a short period he is not her family. Her death was not caused by foul play and that is the only thing anyone really needs to know. Her parents and her family are going through a difficult time right now. I would really appreciate it if you could respect us enough to give us some privacy and let us and especially her parents mourn without needing to hear any negativity. I am very sure her really true friends would not appreciate it either.

  41. anonymous said

    October 4, 2015 @ 2:19 pm

    I agree respect family wishes .They are going through hell right now. If you grieve before you know what its like.Save the drama for much later date .

  42. Anonymous said

    October 4, 2015 @ 3:21 pm

    Perhaps it would be good to close comments about Stephanie and allow her family and friends to grieve privately. If her aunt wishes to send an address to which to which people could send a note or card, (only if she thinks that is a good idea), that would give anyone who knew her a way to express their condolences person to person.

  43. close comments find a decent place to honor her name said

    October 4, 2015 @ 3:45 pm

    This is the worst place to express sympathy towards the deceased. Like holding a candlelight vigil in back of a deserted building in the heart of the South Bronx at 2am in the morning .

  44. Anonymous said

    October 4, 2015 @ 4:57 pm

    This is an eating blog so of course it is an appropriate forum to honor and discuss a deceased member of the competitive eating family. The shameful thing is that some want to use this post for dirty laundry that has nothing to do with Stephanie directly.

    It is sad that Stephanie never had the chance to get blood work done once a year if indeed she did have past fainting spells. Competitive eating is not the healthiest hobby to have. It is tragic to lose your life at such a young age no matter how it happened. Dear Stephanie, rest in peace. You were a good person, adored by most who were lucky enough to spend time with you.

  45. anonymous said

    October 4, 2015 @ 5:17 pm

    What happened to obama care?

  46. anonymous said

    October 4, 2015 @ 5:22 pm

    The dirty laundry comments are in another thread which has nothing to do with Stephanie. Stephanie name wasn’t really trashed. Just a few diverse opinions. Stop instigate trouble

  47. anonymous said

    October 4, 2015 @ 5:58 pm

    Competitive eating is for psyco morons that have problems that go way deeper than stuff their faces at table. With the exception of maybe a handful look like they escaped from a mental institution

  48. anonymous said

    October 5, 2015 @ 1:26 am

    Stephanie had issues way outside of CE, so don’t pin her death on comp eating.

  49. anonymous said

    October 5, 2015 @ 7:51 pm

    For shea brothers to acknowledge anyone passing you had to leave on good terms or have been a fixture in the organization for quite some time. Don’t expect eulogies by the sheas for menchetti us male Bertoletti coondog and La beast when they kick the bucket

  50. john nootens said

    October 5, 2015 @ 8:26 pm

    Oh, I’m so sick and tired of

    The taste of tears
    The sting of pain
    The smell of fear
    The sounds of crying, oh

    You’re gone from here
    Don’t leave from here
    Don’t leave me here
    I hate it here
    You’re gone from here
    Don’t leave me here
    I need you here
    I need to see you smile

  51. anonymous said

    October 5, 2015 @ 10:48 pm

    To the poster who mentioned El Toro he is recovering from vasectomy. Apparently he was impregnate too many vegas hookers. Check out his twitter page if you dont believe it

  52. john nootens said

    October 6, 2015 @ 3:26 am


    CD is the modern gunfighter

  53. anonymous said

    October 6, 2015 @ 11:49 am

    What makes you think any of those eaters want the Sheas acknowledgment when they die, that’s if they even outlive the eaters. The Sheas are nobodies. Never were and never will be.You feel free to continue sucking up to them if you feel the need for their acceptance.

  54. anonymous said

    October 6, 2015 @ 3:51 pm

    I dont feel need for their acceptance . Just know how their minds operate

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