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Family of man who died in Fresno taco eating contest files lawsuit

The son of a California man who choked to death during an amateur taco eating contest alleges that his father didn't know the risks and danger involved in an eating competition.

Dana Hutchings, the 41-year-old who died, competed to devour as many tacos as possible during a certain amount of time during a Fresno Grizzlies game on August 13, 2019.

The suit names Fresno Sports and Events - the owner of the Grizzlies.

The 18-year-old son, Marshall Hutchings, is seeking undisclosed monetary damages for the loss of his father.

Grizzlies President Derek Frank said in an email, "We won't be making any public comments."

Martin Taleisnik, Hutchings' attorney, said that professionals in the sport of competitive eating train and make themselves physically ready to participate.

According to the lawsuit, elder Hutchings, who never participated in an event like this before, collapsed several minutes into the taco eating contest. He had a mouth full of chewed and unchewed tacos obstructing his respiratory system.

"The conductors of this event should have made the risks knows to the competitors and taken steps to protect them," Taleisnik said.

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