Argentine ex-boxer chokes to death in food-eating contest

09:40 AM Nov 06, 2018 | Team Udayavani |

Buenos Aires: A former boxer has choked to death during a televised croissant eating contest in Argentina.


The death of 56-year-old Mario Melo was announced by his sister Monday.

Aida Melo told the local TN television channel that her brother collapsed behind the contest’s announcer as he was choking on a medialuna, a traditional Argentine croissant.

She said people thought that he was pulling a prank, but he kept desperately gesturing to the announcer for help.

Aida Melo said a doctor finally was summoned from the audience and Mario Melo was rushed to a local hospital in the town of Pinamar, where he was later declared dead on Sunday.


Melo was a light heavyweight and heavyweight champion of South America in the 1980s and 1990s.


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