Cockroach Eating Contest Winner, Dies After Downing Dozens

Cockroach Eating Contest Winner, Dies After Downing Dozens

P A US man died after winning a cockroach and worm eating contest at a Florida reptile house over the weekend, police said. Edward Archbold, 32, had eaten several dozen roaches and worms on Friday as part of the contest to win an exotic python.

He later began vomiting and was picked up by an ambulance in front of the shop, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Archbold was later pronounced dead at a hospital, and the medical examiner’s office will be performing an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The contest was held by Ben Siegel Reptiles, which offered different prize pythons for whomever could eat the most of different categories of bugs.

“How many giant roaches would you eat for a female ivory-ball python?” the reptile store said on a Facebook page advertising the contest. “Here’s how it works: Eat the most bugs in 4 minutes, win the ball morph. That’s it. Oh yeah, any vomiting is an automatic DQ.” The reptile shop later published a message expressing sadness about Archbold’s death, saying: “We just met him the night of our sale but all liked him very much.

He was outgoing and was fun and got the crowd very worked up and excited. We are sorry we will not get to know him better”. The shop also posted a statement from an attorney. Archbold, who went by Edward William Barry on Facebook, said he had taken part in a super worm eating contest earlier in the evening. “So I guess I’m in a cockroach eating contest tonight… wish me luck :),” he posted on October 5, hours before his death. Friends later posted messages of condolence on his page, with one writing: “Never thought I’d hear the day… I truly believed u were untouchable as I am sure

19 Responses to "Cockroach Eating Contest Winner, Dies After Downing Dozens"

  1. Gothan   October 10, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Die mother fuker die and rot in hell..

  2. xxx   October 10, 2012 at 11:43 am

    things pipo do for money!! there is alot of insala ku USA pipo find themselves in silly things!!

  3. Naketai   October 10, 2012 at 11:51 am

    in some parts of asia roaches are eaten like Mopani Worms (caterpillars) in Zambia

    ….they eat almost anything that crawls, insects, bugs, ants, scorpions and and..

  4. kakolwe   October 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    ”Rubbish Reporting Contes: Reporter Fires Himself!”

  5. Sibiligani Walibongani   October 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    What will you tel the author of life about your early exit from the world?

  6. GUN   October 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Dying is now a popular game,congrats for winning bro!

  7. Deejay mac   October 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm


  8. Lady   October 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Of all things coakroaches atase, even if its a 1000 ways to die, awe chuu

  9. jayaud   October 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    ati I live in USA Ulelya ifyabupuba uko

  10. dnice   October 10, 2012 at 5:28 pm


  11. Njemusi Muipitisi Lubango   October 10, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    @Sibilingani Walibongani: Why would I ever need to explain to the omniscient author of life who gives and takes it,at his appointed time? God does not change his plans like mortal man; he knows the exact split second when he will take away your life.This is the nature of the omnipotent one .Usike wa ‘bilingana’ muna!

  12. Greengoat   October 10, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Issues of personal choice. Now the results.

  13. Autopsy   October 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Conducting an autopsy to establish the cause of death and you know that the man died of eating cockroaches. Awe sure with the medical fraternity…lol

  14. Jonathan Musonda   October 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    that’s disgusting. get a job and earn money the normal way not eating crap to make a quick buck, well now that you’re dead you’ll have worms and roaches feeding off your corpse, pay back’s a b**ch

  15. Ichiselema chansele   October 11, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Lucifer to God: ” musendeni uyu, ine nshilefwaya anyanteko no lukasa kuno ku hell! Ba jahovah’s witness, ama lawyers, ama hangman, hitler nama nazi, ftj na mushala we are just from cleaning this place. U want him to come and vomit here??? Tule kolopa amalushi yakwe aya mpemfu? Take him! God to took him, thats how this fool ended up in heaven.

  16. The Prophet   October 11, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    “…and the medical examiner’s office will be performing an autopsy to determine the cause of death.” Either this medical examiner doesn’t have enough work on his plate or out of his perverted interested he wants to see how digested cockroaches and worms look like in a human stomach!!

  17. mupopo   October 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I feel like vomiting mwe.

  18. PROGRAM IYA BESY   October 12, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Why eat coakroaches…wamwenako mambala and its time to do an explanation to God.

  19. Genaro the Analyst   October 12, 2012 at 9:42 am

    how about a mosquito, can you kill it to win an Eagle. Damn man