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An amateur chef died the day after eating a "superhot" chilli in a bet with his friend over who could make the hottest dish, an inquest heard.

By Jessica Salter

Last Updated: 2:46PM BST 29 Sep 2008

460-chili_1000394c.jpg Andrew Lee was in perfect health before he ate a chilli

Andrew Lee, 33, suffered heart failure the morning after he ate the chilli.

Toxicology tests are now being carried out to see if the fork lift truck driver suffered a fatal reaction to the dish or whether anything else contributed to his death.

Mr Lee, of Edlington, Doncaster was apparently in perfect health and had just passed a medical at work, the opening of the Doncaster hearing was told.

Cooking was one of his main interests and he went to his girlfriend Samantha Bailey's house to make a chilli.

His father John Lee told the inquest: "He had a bet with Samantha's brother who could make the hottest chilli then went back to her house to stay."

Mother-of-four Miss Bailey called the emergency services to her home nine days ago.

Police officers were called to the house after receiving reports of a man suffering a cardiac arrest and Mr Lee was found lying on the floor.

Paramedics failed to revive him and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A full post-mortem examination is underway and further inquiries are being carried out.

Deputy Doncaster coroner Fred Curtis granted a burial order and adjourned the inquest for further evidence.

There are so many burning questions that need to be answered.

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My friends and I once made a sauce called "Bad Dudes Hot Sauce." I don't remember everything we put into it, but there were a ton of habaneros.

I ate a chip that had been dipped in it (no pepper chunks or anything) and got a nosebleed.

From a few habaneros? Wimp.

The most that would do to me is bring on a mild sweat.

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