Man Dies After Eating Roaches During Deerfield Contest

Edward Archbold

Edward Archbold, seen here in a Monroe County booking photo, died after eating dozens of roaches and worms in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

DEERFIELD BEACH, FL ( — A West Palm Beach man is dead after eating roaches as part of a contest at a reptile store in Deerfield Beach.

Detectives are investigating his death.

The Broward Sheriff's Office says 32 year old Edward Archbold ate dozens of roaches and worms at Ben Siegel Reptile Store in an attempt to win a python. There were many competitors.

After the competition — which he won — Archbold apparently told others that he didn't feel well — then collapsed in front of the store.

He was rushed to Broward Health North where he was later pronounced dead.

No other contest complained of illness after eating roaches and worms.

The Broward Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy on Archbold.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office reports that Archbold was arrested back in 2004 on a charge of indecent exposure. He was ultimately convicted. The booking — and conviction — information is below.

Arrest Date: 02/16/2004 CAD #: MCSO04CAD015801 Arrest #: MCSO04ARR001498 Offense #:MCSO04OFF001604 Address: 200 3RD AVE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974Occupation: CANVAS BUILDER in OKEECHOBEEArrest Location: OVERSEAS HWY MARATHON, 13351Charges:1 Misdemeanor Count(s) of 800.03.INDECENT EXPOSURE – IN PUBLIC1 Misdemeanor Count(s) of 800.03.INDECENT EXPOSURE – IN PUBLICOfficer/Agency: 4118 – MCSO\ROAD PATROL – SECTOR 4 Bond Amount: $0


2/16/2004 800.03 INDECENT EXPOSURE PUBLIC 3/2/2004 Def Sent/Guilty – Non Jury Trial/Adj

2/16/2004 800.03 INDECENT EXPOSURE PUBLIC 3/2/2004 Def Sent/Guilty – Non Jury Trial/Adj

2/16/2004 800.03 INDECENT EXPOSURE PUBLIC 3/2/2004 Def Sent/Guilty – Non Jury Trial/Adj

2/16/2004 877.03 BREACH OF PEACE OR DISORDERLY CONDUCT 3/2/2004 Def Sent/Guilty – Non Jury Trial/Adj;


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