Timeline of Overeating Deaths

With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, most of us are probably preparing to stuff our faces until we’re paralyzed.

While embarking on such gluttony is all good every now and then, it can come back to have serious consequences. We’re not talking about heartburn, upset stomachs or simply hating yourself for the massive amounts of food you just consumed. We’re talking about actually dying.

Here’s a timeline of people that kicked the bucket after enjoying what would be their last meal.

400 B.C.E.: It’s believed that Gautama Buddha died after eating bad pork, “tender boar’s flesh” to be exact. Although some believe it was just old age sine he was 80.

1439: King Albert II of Germany died from overdosing on fresh melons.

1751: Julien Offray de La Mettrie, a major materialist, sensualist philosopher and author of L’Homme machine, died after overeating at a feast given in his honor.

1771: Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden, died of digestion problems on 12 February 1771. He consumed a massive meal of lobster, caviar, sauerkraut, smoked herring and champagne, topped off with 14 servings of his favorite dessert, hetvägg served in a bowl of hot milk. Because of this he is remembered by Swedish schoolchildren as “the king who ate himself to death.”

1850: President Zachary Taylor may have died from acute gastroenteritis after enjoying cherries, milk and other foods during an Independence Day celebration.

1897: Swedish scientist and explorer Salomon August Andree died from improperly cooked polar bear meat in October. The meat had been infected with trichinae parasites during his failed attempt to reach the North Pole.

1975: Bandō Mitsugorō VIII, a Japanese kabuki actor, died of severe poisoning when he ate four fugu (puffer-fish) livers. Mitsugorō claimed to be immune to the poison and the fugu chef felt he could not refuse him.

1983: A 25-year-old Marine died after a donut speed-eating contest at the Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station in Newport, NC.

1999: In  Chicago, a 12 year old school girl named Catherine “Casey” Fish choked to death while playing “Chubby Bunny” in an unsupervised classroom. The goal of “Chubby Bunny” is to say “Chubby Bunny” after stuffing one’s mouth with as many marshmallows as possible.

2002: A school boy in Japan died in the cafeteria after imitating a hot-dog eating contest that he had seen on TV.

2004: A Canadian man dies after choking while in a chicken wing eating contest held at Regina bar.

2004: A housewife choked and died while in a noodle and bread eating contest in Japan.

2006: A 32-year-old woman dies during a “Chubby Bunny” contest held at the Western Fair in London, Ontario.

2007: A 29-year-old  man, who was believed to be epileptic, died from breathing complications after consuming 20 rice cakes during a eating contest in India.

2008: 34-year-old Adam Deeley from Wales, died after an unplanned fairy-cake eating contest at a cafe in Feburary.

2008: A 23-year-old graduate student in Taiwan dies after his victory in the school’s steamed bun eating contest.

2008: 22-year-old engineer Saurav Sabharwal chokes during a speed-eating contest of pastries during a company party in India.

2009: In Kaliningrad, Russia Boris Isaev chokes to death after winning a pancake eating contest.

2009: In Hyderabad, India Bandu Joshi dies after stuffing 6 laddus, which are ball-shaped sweets, into his mouth.

2010: 12-year-old Noah Akers chokes on a hot dog during an eating contest to raise money for Haiti in San Pedro, CA.

2011: After winning a speed-eating contest of potato dumplings, 77 year old Ivan Mendell felt unwell and promptly passed away.

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