South Dakota man dies in hot dog eating contest


South Dakota man dies in hot dog eating contest

By Rebecca Lewis. CREATED Jul 8, 2014

Every year during the 4th of July holiday, millions of Americans love devouring tons of hot dogs. 

However, for one contestant in a hot dog eating competition in South Dakota, it became deadly.

The crowd in the city of Custer was stunned on July 3 when one of the six contestants began to choke while trying to win the contest.

Paramedics were quickly called to assist 47-year-old Walter Eagle Tail using CPR while onlookers gasped.


He was transported to Custer Regional Hospital where he later died.

"There was someone doing CPR when we arrived," Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler told the Rapid City Journal Monday. "Basically, he probably just suffocated. It got lodged in his throat and they couldn't get it out."

"It all happened within minutes," he added. "I think everybody was pretty well shocked about it."

Funeral arrangements for Eagle Tail are currently in the works.