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Miami, FL - Man Dies After Live Roach-Eating Contest

Published on: October 10, 2012 12:15 AM
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 This frame grab made from video on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, and provided by Sarah Bernard shows Edward Archbold competing in a roach-eating contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Archbold, 32, winner of the contest, died shortly after downing dozens of the live bugs as well as worms, authorities said Monday, Oct. 8. Authorities were waiting for results of an autopsy to determine a cause of death. (AP Photo/Courtesy Sarah Bernard) This frame grab made from video on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, and provided by Sarah Bernard shows Edward Archbold competing in a roach-eating contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Archbold, 32, winner of the contest, died shortly after downing dozens of the live bugs as well as worms, authorities said Monday, Oct. 8. Authorities were waiting for results of an autopsy to determine a cause of death. (AP Photo/Courtesy Sarah Bernard)

Miami, FL - The winner of a roach-eating contest in South Florida died shortly after downing dozens of the live bugs as well as worms, authorities said Monday.

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About 30 contestants ate the insects during Friday night’s contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach about 40 miles north of Miami. The grand prize was a python.

Edward Archbold, 32, of West Palm Beach became ill shortly after the contest ended and collapsed in front of the store, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office statement released Monday. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities were waiting for results of an autopsy to determine a cause of death.

The medical examiner’s office said Tuesday it has sent samples of Archbold’s remains for testing, but results are not expected for another week or two.

“Unless the roaches were contaminated with some bacteria or other pathogens, I don’t think that cockroaches would be unsafe to eat,” said Michael Adams, professor of entomology at the University of California at Riverside, who added that he has never heard of someone dying after consuming roaches. “Some people do have allergies to roaches,” he said, “but there are no toxins in roaches or related insects.”

None of the other contestants became ill, the sheriff’s office said.

There was no updated phone number listed for Archbold in West Palm Beach.

“We feel terribly awful,” said store owner Ben Siegel, who added that Archbold did not appear to be sick before the contest. “He looked like he just wanted to show off and was very nice,” Siegel said, adding that Archbold was “the life of the party.”

Siegel said Archbold was selling the exotic prize to a friend who took him to the contest.

The grand prize has been put aside in Archbold’s name and will be given to his estate, Siegel told the AP.

A statement from Siegel’s attorney said all the participants signed waivers “accepting responsibility for their participation in this unique and unorthodox contest.”

The bugs consumed were from an inventory of insects “that are safely and domestically raised in a controlled environment as food for reptiles.”


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 Oct 10, 2012 at 12:22 AM wonderful Says:

Omg crazy contest! But nevertheless, let them come to my house eat up all these huge roaches.

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 12:25 AM bahby Says:

What I want to know is did the roaches die?

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 12:33 AM marck100 Says:

Ekeldig, and not fit for VIN or for its readers.

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 12:33 AM Anonymous Says:

whats the point of this "news item on vin? We cant eat that stuff anyway. Nausiating.

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 12:41 AM Anonymous Says:

he can come to my house and eat as many cockroachs as he wants.

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 12:48 AM Secular Says:

Unorthodox... thats for sure

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 01:23 AM Anonymous Says:

This sounds like something out of the movie Creepshow.

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 01:26 AM DRE53 Says:

Why is this meshugas legal and driving without a seatbelt not?

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 01:59 AM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

Leave roach-eating to the professionals. Dozens of hungry frogs, geckos and birds could have had a good meal out of what he ate as a stunt :-)

I do wonder what happened. It could have been an allergy. It could have been a coincidence. Maybe sharp pieces of chitin penetrated his stomach although that doesn't seem likely. This is why there are autopsies.

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 02:08 AM 5TResident Says:

Tippish.

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 02:16 AM maersk Says:

Reply to #1  
wonderful Says:

Omg crazy contest! But nevertheless, let them come to my house eat up all these huge roaches.

Offer them a python and maybe they will come to you too....

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 03:25 AM {Ploni Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

whats the point of this "news item on vin? We cant eat that stuff anyway. Nausiating.

Really, Anonymous; can't you try thinking outside the (Jewish) box for once? Would it make you any less frum to read about other people's doings?

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 06:59 AM Anonymous Says:

"not fit for vin readers" ? Nausiating (Sp?). Perhaps a little secular education in spelling would be a better for "fit for vin readers". Get off your high horse.

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 07:12 AM heshysquirtz Says:

If he didn't die from the roaches he would have died from the python.

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 07:30 AM LeibDovid Says:

Just got back from shachris, eating cereal - and then I saw the roach story - oy vey I lost my appetite!

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 07:36 AM Yonason_Herschlag Says:

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Anonymous Says:

whats the point of this "news item on vin? We cant eat that stuff anyway. Nausiating.

The point is, that means one less vote for Obama in the key state of Florida. This death could mean the difference between Iran getting the bomb or not. The fate of the lives of millions of Jews may depend on just one vote;)

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 09:02 AM Pimpernuter Says:

How disgusting!

Interesting, where is PETA now? No Rachmanus here? Only for the kaporos?

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 09:28 AM shimon Says:

Did it not occur to anyone that maybe he swallowed a cockroach?
I think if i swallowed a cockroach, i would also die!!!

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 10:12 AM crock-pot Says:

He eat the bugs, now its pay back time, the bugs will eat him now, one differents, he was eating them alive, and they eat him dead, pity him to die so ugly.

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 11:40 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
wonderful Says:

Omg crazy contest! But nevertheless, let them come to my house eat up all these huge roaches.

thanks for the important info that you have you have big disgusting roaches in the place where you live.

We recommend you to higher an exterminator!

as to the contest, we don't have to like it, for Them to be in it. -just saying-

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 02:21 PM {Ploni Says:

Reply to #20  
Anonymous Says:

thanks for the important info that you have you have big disgusting roaches in the place where you live.

We recommend you to higher an exterminator!

as to the contest, we don't have to like it, for Them to be in it. -just saying-

"We recommend you to higher an exterminator!"

Perhaps *you* could recommend a good exterminator to "higher" - at a lower price, of course?

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 02:27 PM StevenWright Says:

Probably caught a bug.....

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 04:23 PM Slingsby Says:

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StevenWright Says:

Probably caught a bug.....

That is a *terrible* pun, StevenWright. Go and stand in the corner!

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 07:55 PM ShmuelG Says:

There are plenty of individuals who improve human race simply by removing themselves from it. This idiot is definitely one of them. Kein yirbu.

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 09:29 PM Anonymous Says:

Perhaps if Reb Ben Siegel had been in shul on Friday nite, this nebech would still be amongst the living.

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 09:39 PM Roach Motel Says:

Clearly the niftar died of ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK. You read it here on VIN first!

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 Oct 10, 2012 at 10:44 PM Rational Says:

Roaches were created on the fifth day of creation the human on the sixth. If you don't act human then the roach will overtake you. (Meforshei Hatalmud )

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 Oct 11, 2012 at 12:58 AM Yech! Says:

This is nauseating! Even if roaches were kosher,I wouldn't do this for a billion dollars, for sure not for a python!

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 Oct 12, 2012 at 09:27 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
wonderful Says:

Omg crazy contest! But nevertheless, let them come to my house eat up all these huge roaches.

very good, make a joke about someone dying. you obviously have a Jewish heat and a lot of compassion.

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 Oct 12, 2012 at 09:28 AM Anonymous Says:

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bahby Says:

What I want to know is did the roaches die?

no, they stay alive in the eater's stomach, am oretz!

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