Man dies after competing in California taco-eating contest

This Sept. 18, 2015 photo shows fans arrive at Chukchansi Park in Fresno, Calif., for a minor-league baseball game between the Fresno Grizzlies and the Round Rock Express. Fresno authorities say a man died shortly after competing in a taco-eating contest at a Grizzlies game. Fresno Sheriff spokesman Tony Botti says 41-year-old Dana Hutchings, of Fresno, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 shortly after arriving at a hospital. Botti says an autopsy on Hutchings will be done Thursday to determine a cause of death.

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the death of man after a taco-eating competition (all times local):

4 p.m.

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.

Fresno sheriff's 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.

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

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

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11:30 a.m.

Authorities in central California say a man died shortly after competing in a taco-eating contest at a minor league baseball game in Fresno.

Fresno sheriff's 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.

Fresno Grizzlies spokesman Derek Franks did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.

KFSN-TV reports 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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