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Man Dies After Competing In Taco Eating Contest At A Minor League Baseball Game

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By Emily Reily

A man choked to death while taking part in a taco-eating championship Wednesday night in Fresno, California.

Incident During Taco Truck Throwdown

The competition took place in the middle of a Fresno Grizzlies AAA baseball game and was part of the Taco Truck Throwdown.

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Dana Andrew Hutchings, 41, began to choke during the competition. Fresno Grizzlies medical staff were there to assist, but it was not enough.

They Attempted To Save Him

Tony Botti of the Fresno County sheriff's and coroner's office spoke to media about the frightening ordeal.

"He apparently began to choke, so Fresno Grizzlies medical staff rushed over, started to give him first aid and then turned him over to American Ambulance," Botti said.

Hutchings Loved Fresno State

The Hutchings' family is devastated by the loss. "My brother Andrew was a fun-loving guy," said Mecca Hutchings.

"He had a great sense of humor and liked to make people laugh. He was an avid supporter of Fresno State."

A taco-eating championship that was scheduled for Saturday has been canceled.

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