In a heartbreaking incident, a 14-year-old boy from Worcester, Massachusetts, named Harris Wolobah, lost his life after participating in a viral internet challenge known as the “One Chip Challenge.” According to a report by NBCBoston.com, Harris died on a Friday, mere hours after taking part in this spicy ordeal.
The “One Chip Challenge” required participants to consume what is claimed to be one of the spiciest tortilla chips in the world. They were also required to film themselves enduring the fiery experience without resorting to drinking or eating anything for relief. This spicy chip is manufactured by Paqui and is packaged in a coffin-shaped container with explicit warnings advising against its consumption by children, individuals sensitive to spicy foods, or those with allergens.
Tragically, Harris Wolobah’s family has reported that his death resulted from complications arising from consuming this extremely spicy chip. The Worcester community is in mourning over the loss of Harris, who was a sophomore at Doherty Memorial High School, according to Worcester Public Schools Superintendent Rachel Monárrez’s statement as mentioned in the NBCBoston report.
Paqui’s official webpage for the One Chip Challenge contains a cautionary note, stating that anyone experiencing difficulty in breathing, fainting, or prolonged nausea should immediately seek medical assistance.
Harris’s mother, Lois Walobah, recounted receiving a call from the school nurse on that fateful Friday. Her son had informed the nurse that a classmate had given him the spicy chip, resulting in a severe stomach ache. Although Harris initially felt better after returning home, his condition took a sudden turn for the worse when he was preparing to leave for basketball tryouts. He reportedly passed out, prompting his immediate transport to a nearby hospital, where he was, tragically, pronounced dead.
At this point, the cause of Harris’s death remains unknown, pending the awaited autopsy report. Worcester police are actively investigating this heart-wrenching incident in an effort to determine the circumstances surrounding the teenager’s untimely demise.
This tragic event serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers associated with viral internet challenges and the importance of exercising caution and prudence, especially when it comes to consuming extreme and potentially harmful substances. The loss of Harris Wolobah has left his community in shock and mourning, emphasizing the need for greater awareness and responsible participation in such challenges.