Women dies in Australia Day Lamington eating contest

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Mallory Jones

Woman dies in Australia from eating cake

A woman has died in Australia while participating in a contest to eat as many lamington cakes as possible. The woman, age 60, was found out to have a seizure during the event located at a Beach House hotel in Hervey Bay, Queensland, to mark Australia on Sunday.

Other participants had earlier been filmed speed-eating the lamingtons. A lamington is a traditional sponge cake covered in chocolate and desiccated coconut.

As the woman was having a seizure, she was given CPR at the scene, but later died when taken to the hospital.

Contestants said the woman was cramming one of the cakes in her mouth, then suddenly she started to get into difficulties. Footage shows other people in the event cheering on each other until the accident happened.

The hotel posted a message on Facebook expressing sympathy to the family and friends of the woman, who has not been named.

They thanked the ambulance for their “prompt and professional response as this tragic incident was unfolding.”

Eating competitions are popular during Australia Day, a national holiday marking the entrant of the first Europeans to Australia.