Man dies after competing in roach-eating contest - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Man dies after competing in roach-eating contest

Posted: Updated:

MIAMI (AP) - A contestant in a roach-eating contest who downed dozens of live bugs and worms collapsed and died shortly after winning the contest in South Florida, authorities say.

About 30 contestants ingested the insects during Friday night's contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach about 40 miles north of Miami. The grand prize was a python.

Edward Archbold, 32, of West Palm Beach became ill shortly after the contest ended and collapsed outside the store, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office statement released Monday. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities were awaiting results of an autopsy to determine a cause of death.

The sheriff's office said none of the other contestants fell ill.

"Unless the roach were contaminated with some bacteria or other pathogens, I don't think that cockroach would be unsafe to eat," said Michael Adams, professor of entomology at the University of California at Riverside. He said he has never heard of someone dying after consuming roach.

"Some people do have allergies to roach," he added, "but there are no toxins in roach or related insects."

There was no updated phone number listed for Archbold in West Palm Beach.

"We feel terribly awful," said store owner Ben Siegel, who added that Archbold did not appear to be sick before the contest.

"He looked like he just wanted to show off and was very nice," Siegel said, adding that Archbold was "the life of the party."

A statement from Siegel's attorney said all the participants signed waivers "accepting responsibility for their participation in this unique and unorthodox contest."

The bugs consumed were from an inventory of insects "that are safely and domestically raised in a controlled environment as food for reptiles."

  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Put-In-Bay bar manager indicted for rape

    Put-In-Bay bar manager indicted for rape

    Thursday, August 28 2014 1:09 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:09:08 GMT
    An Ottawa County grand jury has indicted a Put-In-Bay bar manager on rape charges.Christopher Blessing is accused of raping a co-worker. Blessing faces two rape charges from an incident back in May. The victim told police that after work she was invited out for drinks with Blessing. She told police she didn't remember anything until 2:30am when she says the sexual assault happened. The victim went to a Michigan hospital later that next night and that's when police were notified. Blessing appe...
    An Ottawa County grand jury has indicted a Put-In-Bay bar manager on rape charges.Christopher Blessing is accused of raping a co-worker. Blessing faces two rape charges from an incident back in May. The victim told police that after work she was invited out for drinks with Blessing. She told police she didn't remember anything until 2:30am when she says the sexual assault happened. The victim went to a Michigan hospital later that next night and that's when police were notified. Blessing appe...
  • Blade Briefing 8/28/14

    Blade Briefing 8/28/14

     

  • Former Monroe Co. 4-H leader facing child pornography charges

    Former Monroe Co. 4-H leader facing child pornography charges

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:28:16 GMT
    50-year-old Robert Stumpmier was already scheduled to go to trial next month for accusations of sex crimes with a 16-year-old boy.
    50-year-old Robert Stumpmier was already scheduled to go to trial next month for accusations of sex crimes with a 16-year-old boy.

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!