Man dies after competing in taco-eating contest

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) A minor league baseball team in central California has canceled Saturday's scheduled World Taco Eating Championship after the death of a 41-year-old man during a taco-eating contest.

Fresno Sheriff spokesman Tony Botti says 41-year-old Dana Hutchings, of Fresno, died Tuesday night shortly after arriving at a hospital.

Botti says an autopsy on Hutchings will be done Thursday to determine a cause of death. It was not immediately known how many tacos the man had eaten.

Fresno Grizzlies spokesman Paul Braverman says the team is "devastated to learn" of the death of a fan in a taco-eating contest. He says officials with the minor league baseball team will provide any information that is helpful to investigators

Braverman says Tuesday's eating competition was not related to the taco-eating competition scheduled for Saturday.

KSNF-TV originally reported Tuesday night's competition allowed amateurs to qualify for Saturday's World Taco Eating Championship to be held at Fresno's annual Taco Truck Throwdown.

During the 2018 Taco Eating Championship in Fresno, professional eater Geoff Esper downed 73 tacos in eight minutes.

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