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Autopsy confirms Massachusetts teen died from ‘One Chip Challenge’


A Massachusetts teenager was killed by an extra spicy tortilla chip that went viral as the “One Chip Challenge,” an autopsy has confirmed.

Harris Wolobah, 14, died from cardiac arrest brought on by a high concentration of chili pepper extract, according to a coroner’s report obtained Thursday by The Associated Press. Wolobah also had a congenital heart defect and an enlarged heart, the autopsy said.

On the day of his death, Wolobah ate a tortilla chip manufactured and sold by Paqui as the “One Chip Challenge.” The chip was infused with a mix of Carolina Reaper and Naga Viper peppers, some of the hottest peppers in the world.

Paqui One Chip Challenge chips are displayed at a 7-Eleven store in Boston, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, before they were removed the following day.

AP Photo/Steve LeBlanc

Paqui One Chip Challenge chips are displayed at a 7-Eleven store in Boston on September 7, 2023, before they were removed the following day. (AP Photo/Steve LeBlanc, File)

The “One Chip Challenge” had gone viral on social media, with teenagers filming their overwhelmed reactions. On Sept. 1, 2023, Wolobah was handed a chip by a classmate at Doherty High School in Worcester.

After consuming the chip, Wolobah fainted and was taken to the school nurse. Later that day, Wolobah passed out at home and was transferred to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Packaging on the “One Chip Challenge” stated the chips were only for adult consumption, but their popularity among teenagers was clear from the social media clips. The chips were not regulated and, despite being pulled from shelves after Wolobah’s death, are still for sale online.

Paqui, which is owned by Hershey’s, did not immediately comment on Wolobah’s autopsy.

“I hope, I pray to God that no parents will go through what I’m going through. I don’t want to see anybody hurting the way I’m hurting.” Wolobah’s mother, Lois, told Boston CBS affiliate WBZ last year. “I miss my son so much. I miss him so much.”

With News Wire Services

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