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South Dakota man dies at speed-eating competition

A Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in South Dakota turned tragic when a contestant choked to death.

47-year-old Walter Eagle Tail of Custer, South Dakota died Thursday at a hospital after attempts to save him failed at the scene.

The head of the sponsoring Custer Chamber of Commerce says he is at a loss for words.

A pie-eating contest scheduled Friday was cancelled.

Speed-eating competitions are popular around the country over the Fourth of July weekend.