Ulyanovsk man takes part in pancake eating contest, dies

Blini — Russian pancakes — are the traditional food for Maslenitsa celebrations. It's common to hold topical contests: who can bake the biggest blin or who can eat the most of them. Exactly this kind of seemingly harmless fun turned into tragedy on March 2nd near Ulyanovsk. A man died during a pancake eating contest at a Maslenitsa celebration in the village of Bazarny Uren'.

As the Public Health Ministry of Ulyanovsk explained, "The deceased was 51 years old and used to drink excessively. On March 1st, he celebrated his birthday. On March 2nd, he celebrated Maslenitsa: participated in a sack race, ate 3 or 4 pancakes dipping them into mustard instead of honey. Then he suddenly didn't feel well. When the ambulance came, the man was already dead. The cause of death is acute heart failure."



13 March 2014