Tragic Death of 14-Year-Old Boy Linked to Viral TikTok Challenge

In a devastating turn of events, a 14-year-old boy named Harris Wolobah from Massachusetts has tragically lost his life after participating in a viral TikTok trend known as the “One Chip Challenge.” This dangerous challenge encourages participants to consume what is purportedly one of the spiciest tortilla chips in the world and record themselves enduring the intense heat without consuming any food or drink for relief. The incident occurred on a fateful Friday, when Harris ingested an exceedingly spicy Paqui chip at his school, leading to a severe stomachache and ultimately resulting in his untimely demise.

Harris’s family shared their heart-wrenching account of the events, explaining that after consuming the spicy chip at Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester, he began experiencing discomfort. His family picked him up from school, but his condition worsened, and he lost consciousness just before leaving for basketball tryouts. Rushed to a nearby hospital, the young boy was tragically pronounced dead. While the exact cause of death remains unconfirmed, his mother believes it may be related to complications arising from the spicy snack.

The chip company, Paqui, has since issued a warning on its website, advising that the chip should only be consumed by adults and urging individuals to seek immediate medical attention if they experience breathing difficulties, fainting, or prolonged nausea. As the community mourns the loss of a promising young basketball player, Worcester Public Schools superintendent Rachel Monarrez expressed her condolences, saying, “It is with a heavy heart I share that we lost a rising star, Harris Wolobah. As a mother and educator, I cannot imagine how hard this is on his family, friends, and teachers. My heart goes out to all who knew and loved him.” In the wake of this tragedy, Harris’s family has set up a fundraiser to cover his funeral expenses, with an outpouring of support, raising over $22,000 to honor his memory.

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