Northridge, Calif- Former South American heavyweight boxing champion Mario Melo died after choking during a croissant eating contest in Argentina.
He was 56.
Melo was attempting to consume as many croissants as he could in one minute during the contest hosted in Buenos Aires. He was on his third croissant when he started to choke.
A firefighter and a doctor attempted to revive Melo before paramedics arrived.
Melo is known for famously fighting Michael Moorer for the WBA light heavyweight title in 1990. He was knocked out in the first round.
The past few years have seen numerous eating contest related deaths around the world.
In 2017 there were two deaths in the U.S. related to eating contests.
Last April a man died while trying to consume a donut in under 80 seconds at a Voodoo Donuts chain in Denver.
Last month a family sued Sacred Heart University after 20-year-old junior Caitlin Nelson died during a pancake eating contest.
Written by Ethan Hanson
Sources: San Francisco Gate, Washington Post, Sports Illustrated.