Published On: Tue, Oct 9th, 2012

Edward Archbold eats roaches, wins a contest, then dies

A West Palm Beach man died Friday after participating in a Deerfield Beach roach eating contest, in which he was pronounced the winner.

UPDATE: Medical examiner revealed cause of death  – read more here

Edward Archbold

Edward Archbold, 32, competed in the contest which had contestants eating roaches and worms for a chance to win a python, according to a Broward County Sheriff’s media release.

The contest, which was sponsored by Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach, awarded one lucky winner a python for eating the most creepy crawlers. According to the media release, Archbold happened to win the contest after he reportedly consumed dozens of roaches and worms.

For Archbold, the victory was bittersweet.

According to the release, shortly after the contest Archbold started complaining that he wasn’t feeling well. He then collapsed a short time later in front of the same store that pronounced him the roach eating champion a short time earlier.

Broward emergency services arrived on the scene and transferred Archbold to Broward Health North where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The Broward Medical Examiner will be performing a full autopsy on Archbold to investigate his cause of death.

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screenshot from video of Edward Archbold eating cockroaches

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