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Young man dies at funeral after winning $20 from alcohol drinking competition

By Mason White 6:18 PM March 19, 2015
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By: Wayne Morin
A young man died of alcohol poisoning after consuming a lot of drinks as part of a competition during a funeral, police in Nigeria said.

Edo State Police said that the funeral home directors are being investigated on charges of negligence for allowing the alcohol drinking competition to continue on their premises.

According to the police investigation, 25-year-old Famous Ogbeide died after winning the first two rounds of the competition.

Ogbeide and three others were drinking different brands of alcoholic beverages at the funeral of a family friend. Ogbeide won N4,000 ($20) after winning the first two rounds.

Several minutes later, he began to vomit and was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died. Two of his friends were also hospitalized.

The third friend withdrew from the competition during the first round after feeling dizzy.