Friday 22 March 2019

Man (42) chokes to death at doughnut-eating challenge in second doughnut eating-related death in one week

Denver man Travis Malouff died during doughnut-eating contest
Denver man Travis Malouff died during doughnut-eating contest
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

A 42-year-old man has choked to death while taking part in a doughnut-eating contest.

Denver man Travis Malouff died during the contest that requires participants to consume a half-pound of glazed doughnut in less than two minutes, authorities and media said on Monday.

Reuters reported that Mr Malouff died on Sunday "from asphyxia, due to obstruction of the airway," at the Voodoo Doughnut shop, the office of the Denver medical examiner said in a statement.

The doughnut was the "size of a small cake", witness Julia Edelstein told local TV stations.

Winners of the contest get the doughnut for free and a button saying they won the challenge.

Voodoo Doughnuts, said they are now suspending the contest, according to statement given to Denver news station KUSA-TV.

Mr Malouff's death occurred in the same week as 20-year-old Caitlin Nelson, who choked at a separate event in Connecticut on March 30.

“She starts to choke on pancake on someone recognized it — one of the nursing students at the competition — and she caught her and brought her slowly to the ground,” Fairfield police Lt. Robert Kalamaras told The New York Post.

“And then she began CPR, basic life support, until officers showed up less than two minutes after the emergency call was made by one of the nursing students.”

Ms Nelson was rushed to hospital but died three days later.

In a Facebook tribute to her, a family member said it was the second tragedy to hit the family.

“Heaven got another angel and we are sad beyond belief for Caitlin’s family,” one user wrote. “No family should have to endure the loss of a child ever and they already lost her dad on 9/11, it’s heart wrenching.”

Ms Nelson’s father, James, was a Port Authority police officer who died during the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center when Caitlin was just 5-years-old.

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