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Argentine ex-boxer chokes to death in food-eating contest

AP  |  Buenos Aires 

A former has choked to death during a televised eating contest in

The death of 56-year-old was announced by his sister Monday.

told the local TN television channel that her brother collapsed behind the contest's as he was choking on a medialuna, a traditional Argentine

She said people thought that he was pulling a prank, but he kept desperately gesturing to the for help.

said a doctor finally was summoned from the audience and was rushed to a local hospital in the town of Pinamar, where he was later declared dead on Sunday.

Melo was a light heavyweight and heavyweight champion of in the 1980s and 1990s.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 02:20 IST