A Tragic Accident At Hotdog Eating Contest Leaves Girl Dead

A Tufts University lacrosse player, 20, has died after fatally collapsing during a weekend hot dog eating contest.

Madelyn "Madie" Nicpon, a junior member of the Jumbos' lax team, was competing in an off-campus competitive eating event on Saturday when things went tragically wrong.

According to The Journal News, officials stated that Nicpon passed out after choking and was transported to the hospital by first responders. Nicpon died later that day on Sunday.

"In light of this heartbreaking tragedy," school administrators stated in a statement, "our thoughts and prayers are with Madie's family and friends."

Thousands of people descended on campus immediately after Nicpon's death Sunday evening, encircling her jersey with candles and paying tribute to her affectionately.

"We are beyond heartbroken to share the news of the passing of junior Madie Nicpon -- 'Scooter,'" the Tufts lax team wrote on Instagram. "Scooter was a true friend and teammate. She truly valued her relationships with her teammates and coaches."

"Her reach was far beyond our team -- she was a true connector on campus and touched every single person she met."

They added, "We love you, Scooter. Keep dancing from above."

Nicpon had played in several games in her first two years for the Jumbos and was expected to be a key contributor this season.

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