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Man Dies After Eating 30 Roaches, 30 Worms And 100 Millipedes

A bug-eating contest ends in tragedy.

This is Edward "Barry" Archbold. He died Friday night after collapsing in front of Ben Siegel Reptiles in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Archbold had just won a bug-eating contest, the prize for which was a python.

During the contest, he reportedly ate 30 of these cockroaches...

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100 of these millipedes...

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and more than 30 of these worms...

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This video was taken during the contest. Archbold is on the far left, wearing a yellow shirt. He walks out of the frame early β€” the collapse isn't caught on tape.

After collapsing, the 32-year-old was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The news spread quickly on message boards β€” especially within the eating-contest community.

On Friday night, the contest (and Archbold's illness) was even tweeted.

Archbold himself posted to Facebook with updates on his progress.

Via Facebook: edward.w.barry

The last photo Archbold uploaded, with the caption "Super worms....."

Via Facebook: edward.w.barry

His last update.


After news of his death spread, Archbold's friends and fellow competitors tried to explain what really happened.

Via Facebook: reptileshop2

The business holding the contest also issued a statement.

In the aftermath of his death, the debate continues as to who's at fault β€” Archbold for entering the contest, or the reptile shop for not providing EMS supervision.

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