Man Dead After Consuming Roaches And Winning Bug Eating Contest

Posted on October 8, 2012

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Florida (The Gaslamp Post) – A contender in a contest at a pet store in Deerfield Beach has died after consuming 20 some feeder roaches and other insects.  The man had reportedly won the contest, which was for a $700 female ivory ball python.

Edward Archbold

Edward Archbold, 32, wasn’t particularly a fan of snakes, but had intended to win it for his friend.  According to the rules, the winner of the contest would have to eat the most bugs in 4 minutes without throwing up.

Archibold reportedly took the lead among 30 other participants.  He was described as a “crowd pleaser” and “the life of the party”, as he munched his way to victory.  After winning, witnesses say that he went to the door, vomited, and then collapsed outside.

Emergency workers transported Archibold to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The cause of death at this time is unknown.  Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy.

All participants reportedly signed a waiver prior to participating, and were well aware of what they were going to eat.  None of the other participants became sick.

The insect-eating that grossed out observers on Friday night is not so unusual in other parts of the world.

Edwin Lewis, an entomologist at the University of California at Davis, described the surprisingly enjoyable experience of eating cooked waterbugs in Thailand, which are not too far removed from cockroaches.

“It’s kind of gross, but if he chewed them up, they wouldn’t be doing much to him,” Lewis said. “It wouldn’t be any different than eating a shrimp.”