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Woman Dies During Dessert-Eating Contest

Australian, 60, has seizure while eating lamington cakes
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2020 11:10 AM CST
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Stock image of lamingtons.   (Getty/DarioZg)

(Newser) – A jokey tradition turned tragic when a 60-year-old woman died during a dessert-eating contest to celebrate Australia Day. The woman was eating lamingtons—a sponge cake topped with chocolate and coconut—when she appeared to have a seizure, reports the BBC. People at the Hervey Bay hotel in Queensland performed CPR, but the woman died at the hospital, per 9News. Such eating competitions are a staple of Australia Day, a national holiday that marks the arrival of the first Europeans to the continent. The hotel offered its condolences in a Facebook post and thanked those who'd tried to save the woman. (A similar tragedy took place in California last year.)

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