Man Dies in Bug Eating Contest

A West Palm Beach man has died after eating “a variety of insects” as part of a competition, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Edward Archbold, 32, was participating in a roach-eating contest at Ben Seigel Reptiles in Deerfield Beach, where contestants signed up to eat a variety of insects for the chance to win a python, BSO spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion said.

Shortly after the contest was over, Archbold complained of feeling ill and began to vomit the dozens of roaches and worms he had consumed, then collapsed in front of the store, Concepcion said.

Archbold was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

The medical examiner’s office is awaiting results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death.


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