South Florida Man Chokes On Roach, Dies

Edward Archibold

Edward Archibold seen in a booking photo, unrelated to his death eating cock roaches.

DEERFIELD BEACH, FL ( — We told you several weeks ago that 32 year old Edward Archibold died in front of horrified spectators at a reptile store while eating cock roaches as part of a contest.

The Broward County Medical Examiner today ruled that Archibold died from choking on one of the bugs.

According to the Broward Sheriff's Office:

The Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office has concluded that the winner of a roach-eating contest died from asphyxia. The death has been ruled an accident.

Edward Archbold, 32, participated in the October 5 contest at the Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach where the grand prize was a Python.

Several contestants signed up to eat a variety of insects. Shortly after the contest was over, Archbold wasn’t feeling well and began to regurgitate after consuming dozens of roaches and worms. He later collapsed a few stores down from the reptile store. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to the scene and transported Archbold to Broward Health North, where he was later pronounced dead.

None of the other contestants presented any medical issues after the contest.


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