Man Dies After Winning Cockroach Eating Contest

Exact cause of death remains a mystery

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Florida resident Edward Archbold, 32, died Friday night after ingesting a large volume of live cockroaches and worms in a contest at a local pet store. According to investigators, Archbold began to feel ill almost immediately after the contest and started regurgitating the roaches. He was taken to a Broward County hospital where he was pronounced dead. The exact cause of death has yet to be determined. Michael Adams, a professor of entomology at the University of Californa, told the Associated Press that he had never heard of someone dying after consuming cockroaches. "Unless the roaches were contaminated with some bacteria or other pathogens, I don't think that cockroaches would be unsafe to eat." The contest was part of a “Midnight Madness” sale at Ben Siegel Reptile Store. Had Archbold survived the ordeal, he would have taken home a free ivory ball python.

Via The Smoking Gun

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