MIDDLESEX COUNTY, MA. (THECOUNT) — Madelyn “Madie” Nicpon, a Tufts University lacrosse player, has been identified as the victim in a fatal choking while participating in an off-campus hot dog eating contest Saturday.

Nicpon, 20, died after she choked during a hot dog eating contest over the weekend in Middlesex County.


Nicpon, a junior on the Jumbos’ lax squad, was participating in a competitive eating event off-campus on Saturday when something went horribly wrong, reports TMZ.

According to authorities, Nicpon fell unconscious after choking, and was rushed to the hospital after first responders got to the scene.

Sadly, Nicpon passed away just a day later on Sunday.

“In the face of this painful loss,” school officials said in a statement, “our hearts go out to Madie’s family and friends.”

“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.


Geo quick facts: Middlesex County is located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the United States. As of 2019, the estimated population was 1,611,699, making it the 22nd most populous county in the United States, and the most populous county in both Massachusetts and New England – Wikipedia.