James Ward, Visalia Times-Delta
Published 11:55 a.m. PT Aug. 14, 2019 | Updated 12:02 p.m. PT Aug. 14, 2019
A man participating in a taco eating contest Tuesday at the Fresno Grizzlies game has died, according to the Fresno County Coroner’s Office.
Dana Hutchings, 41, died on arrival at Community Regional Medical Center after he was transported from Chukchansi Park in downtown Fresno, the Fresno County sheriff’s officials said.
The coroner released no official cause of death, but said an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.
Hutchings collapsed during the third inning of the minor league baseball game between the Grizzlies and the Memphis Redbirds in the middle of the taco eating contest, witnesses reported on social media.
Staff on the field attempted the Heimlich maneuver and CPR before paramedics arrived and tried to resuscitate him, fans said.
Fresno Grizzlies spokesman Derek Franks did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Taco Tuesdays have proven to be a successful promotion for the AAA minor league team. Fans get $2 tacos, $2 sodas and $2 churros — and get to witness on-field taco-eating contests.
In July 2018, Chukchansi Park hosted the World Taco-Eating Championship.
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