Monday, October 08, 2012

Man Dies After Eating Roaches

Pet Store Roach Eating Contest Ends With Death
In a publicity stunt, a 32-year old West Palm Beach man died in a Broward County hospital  after winning a  roach and worm eating contest at a pet store. 

Edward Archbold won a contest at the Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach, Florida on Friday, then collapsed outside the store and died later in a local hospital.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office said Archbold ate dozens of roaches and worms. About 30 contestants vied to win am Ivory Ball python snake by eating the most worms and roaches in four minutes without vomiting. 

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Ben Siegel, the store owner, said he didn't think the roaches would have harmed the man, reportedly saying they are eaten by people "all over the world," and claimed the insects were "clean protein."

Luke Lirot, attorney for store owner Siegel released a statement saying ""All participants in the contest were entirely aware of what they were doing and that they signed thorough waivers accepting responsibility for their participation in this unique and unorthodox contest."

"The consumption of insects is widely accepted throughout the world, and the insects presented as part of the contest were taken from an inventory of insects that are safely and domestically raised in a controlled environment as food for reptiles."

Archbold reportedly updated his Facebook page "Edward William Barry," during the contest.

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