1. Aspiring Chef Dies After Eating Red-Hot Chili Sauce as a Dare
    Monday, September 29, 2008

    London Times

    An aspiring chef died after eating a super-hot chilli sauce as part of an endurance competition with a friend.

    Andrew Lee, 33, challenged his girlfriend’s brother to a contest to see who could eat the spiciest sauce that he could create.

    The fork-lift truck driver, who wanted to cook for a living, prepared a tomato sauce made with red chillies grown on his father’s allotment. After eating it, however, he suffered intense discomfort and itching. The following morning he was found dead, possibly after suffering a heart attack.

    Toxicology tests are being conducted to try to establish if he suffered a reaction to the food.

    An inquest was told that Lee, from Edlington, England, was in perfect health and had just passed a medical examination at work. He was a keen cook and would often prepare meals for his parents. It is believed that Mr Lee had never prepared a dish as hot as the one he made the night before his death.

    Lee’s sister, Claire Chadbourne, 29, said that he took a jar of the sauce to the home of his girlfriend, Samantha Bailey, and challenged her brother Michael, 29, to see who could eat it. “Andrew just ate the chillies with a plate of Dolmio sauce,” she added. “It was not a proper meal because he had already eaten lamb chops and potato mash after work.

    “He apparently got into bed at 2.30am and started scratching all over. His girlfriend scratched his back until he fell asleep. She woke up and he had gone. It is incredible. Who would have thought he could have died from eating chilli sauce? We don’t know of anything else that could have caused his death. The postmortem showed no heart problems.

    “He loved cooking for his friends. He always said he wanted to be a chef but didn’t want to start at the bottom.”

    An inquest was opened and adjourned in Doncaster last week.
  2. TranterUK

    TranterUK Guest

    Wow your fast, I just read that this morning in our local news. Do you checkout UK news or did the story go international?
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  3. It apparently went national, Tranter. I read it on Fox News this morning. But, yes, I do look up and read the London Times. The writing is usually much better than in American newspapers. ;)
  4. Crpdeth

    Crpdeth Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    Location location
    There is a place not far from here "Hanks" "I bet Inplano is familiar with the place and they serve some mighty hot wings... One of the girls there tell me that a guy had a heart attack after eating some of their hottest offerings. They didn't affect me that way, obviously, and were quite good.

    I gotta say, Rich... These guys most likely had some kind of unknown condition... I know one had passed a physical, but how much does that really tell us? And the postmortem, I mean, perhaps I am just afraid to admit it because I love my peppers so much, but I would like to hear of an autopsy.

    Anyway... I am VERY interested in hearing any updates, if you stumble upon any, being that this is the second such case I have heard of. :eek:

    Thanks for the story, Brother...

    Ya'll have a good day.

  5. He was probably just allergic to tomatoes.
  6. pawn

    pawn Active Member

    Jan 31, 2007
    Crossville, TN
    if they told me i couldn't eat hot stuff i'd probably have a heart attack :eek:
  7. Crpdeth

    Crpdeth Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2002
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    Wooo Hoo! A Dr. in the house!

    Can you give your opinions, Sir, about the theories that, "suggest that capsaicin may have some value in improving blood flow to the heart (for example, in the case of heart disease from atherosclerosis [plaque] blocking the arteries to the heart) and reducing risk of an irregular heart rhythm"?

    Just curious, of course. :D

    Hey, my dear Grandmother had seven of 'em... Never touched anything unhealthy and weighed 98 LBS soaking wet... While Paw-Paw smoked Moore cigarettes (smoked since he was a teen) and ate what ever he wanted while having to take care of her as much as possible for their last 20 years together... At the age of 77, he slapped me on the back (two weeks ago) and asked me what I thought about the extra carport he had built in the back yard. :eek:

    Go figure, huh...

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