Story at a glance

  • Madelyn Nicpon, 20, was participating with other college students in the contest Saturday at an off-campus residence in Somerville, Mass., when she began choking.
  • She was rushed to a hospital where she died.
  • In an Instagram post, Nicpon’s lacrosse teammates said they were heartbroken over her death and will miss her every day.

A member of the Tufts University women's lacrosse team has died after choking during a hot dog eating contest for charity over the weekend. 

Madelyn “Madie” Nicpon, 20, was participating with other college students in the contest Saturday at an off-campus residence in Somerville, Mass., when she began choking and became unconscious, according to Rockland/Westchester Journal News. The contest was reportedly part of a fundraiser. 

The outlet reports she died Sunday at Massachusetts General Hospital. 

Nicpon, who was originally from Suffern, N.Y., was a junior studying biopsychology, according to university officials. 


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Thousands of students, faculty and staff gathered Sunday at the university’s lacrosse field for a vigil to mourn her loss. 

“The number of community members who turned out to lend support to each other, to Madie’s friends, and to her family was a testament to how many lives Madie touched during her time at Tufts,” university officials said in a statement. 

In an Instagram post, Nicpon’s teammates said they were heartbroken over her death and will miss her every day. 

“Madie will be remembered as a bright light, a social butterfly, an amazing teammate, a kind and generous person, a wonderful sister and daughter and a Jumbo that we can all aspire to emulate,” the post states. 

A GoFundMe to help cover Nicpon’s funeral and medical costs has garnered more than $162,000. 


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Published on Oct 21, 2021