A Spanish beer-drinking contest, which has been an annual tradition in the country for decades, led to tragedy after Joaquín Alcaraz Gracia, the contest “winner” and so-called “Beer King” died after he entered cardiac arrest following his final beer-chugging event. Garcia appeared to be in good spirits following his beer-chug victory, when suddenly he began to vomit uncontrollably. He soon passed out, and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Spectator Antonio Alcaraz described the event to a Spanish Newspaper. Alcaraz said, “(The Beer King) had drunk six litres of beer, and when he won he lifted the trophy. Then he just started to vomit without stopping and he never spoke again,"
There’s not too much else to the story. Apparently, the Beer King was obese, and the town’s mayor doesn’t want to cancel the beer contest next year. Local officials have also called for a three-day period of mourning. So if you see any alcoholics setting their flags to half-mast, now you know why.
The more important question regarding the Beer King’s death is whether this event was ironic or not. Most of the time, when a professional dies from his profession, the death is not ironic. When a lion tamer is eaten by his lion, that is not ironic; that is exactly how most would guess such a man would die.
In this situation, it is not ironic that a beer chugger would die of an alcohol overdoes. However, it is a bit ironic that a self-proclaimed “Beer King” would succumb to the beer he ruled over so mightily. Maybe if it comes out that the Beer King had a well-known allergy to certain types of wheat beer, and that he drank wheat beer, just this once, to prove he was the best beer drinking of all time, and then THAT killed him, we could call his death dramatically ironic.
Bust just a big fat guy drinking too much beer and it killing him? This irony expert is giving a “not ironic” stamp onto this one.
If you think this story is ironic, give your breakdown in the comments.