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People Stories – October 10: Eating Bugs

Take note, roaches and worms may not be part of a healthy diet.

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A 32-year-old man has passed away after scarfing down dozens of roaches and worms.

Edward Archbold was competing in a bug-eating contest at Ben Siegel Reptiles in Deerfield Beach, Florida last Friday. 30 contestants were eating the bugs to try and win a python, valued at $850.

Archbold won the contest after consuming an unspecified number of insects. But became sick and began to vomit. He was taken to North Broward Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Luke Lirot, who legally represents the store, said the insects were domestically raised in a controlled environment and likely posed no danger.

An autopsy has been conducted and authorities are awaiting test results to determine the cause of death.

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