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this guy died for a free doughnut!
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Date Posted: Monday, April 03, 11:18:54pm
In reply to: And how did someone not give her the heimlich maneuver? 's message, "Eating contests are idiotic. Period" on Monday, April 03, 08:44:54pm

Colorado man, 42, chokes to death on a one-pound glazed donut during a speed-eating contest in Denver


A Colorado man fatally choked Sunday while trying to eat a large donut.

Travis Malouff, 42, was at Voodoo Doughnut in Denver participating in the chain's 'Tex-Ass Challenge', where the goal is to eat a one-pound glazed donut - the equivalent of six Voodoo donuts - in 80 seconds or less.

Participants are allowed to drink liquids and dunk the donut, according to contest rules.

Winners don't have to pay for the $4.50 donut and receive a button that reads: 'I won the Tex-Ass Challenge'.

'It's tragic,' Malouff's father, Curtis, told 9News. 'It's a loss of life that shouldn't be.'

Witnesses rushed to help Malouff when they saw that he was choking on the donut but were unable to perform the Heimlich maneuver because they weren't trained to do so.

Officials arrived at the popular donut shop around 1.30am on Sunday in the 1500 block of East Colfax Avenue after they were notified that Malouff was choking.

But it was too late. Malouff died in the shop's lobby from 'asphyxia, due to obstruction of the airway,' the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner announced Monday morning.

'Itís too much food for one person, even as the size that he was,' witness Julia Edelstein told 9News. 'Thatís too much for someone to eat. He was trying to force it down.'

Foul play is not suspected, according to Denver police.

Voodoo Doughnut said they are 'saddened by what happened' and are cooperating with police.

Curtis Malouff described his son as an 'energetic and open-minded person'.

'If a challenge is there - he'd probably take it,' Malouff said.

Travis Malouff is survived by his father, mother Kay Malouff and brother Ferris Malouff.

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