Worcester teen, 14, dies same day as taking on the ‘One Chip Challenge’

WORCESTER, Mass. (WLNE) — The Worcester community is mourning the sudden death of a high school sophomore, WCVB reports.

Police said 14-year-old Harris Wolobah died on the same day that he participated in the viral social media trend known as the “One Chip Challenge.” It involves eating one of the so-called spiciest tortilla chips in the world.

The challenge was debuted by the Paqui brand in 2016. The brand is made by Amplify Snack Brands, Inc., a subsidiary of The Hershey Company.

The “One Chip Challenge” was debuted by the Paqui brand in 2016. (WCVB)

Authorities said Wolobah, a sophomore at Doherty Memorial High School, ate the chip on Friday and died later that day. It’s not yet known if the chip played a part in his death.

Wolobah ate the chip at school and reportedly went to the nurse’s office before going home.

His family said he fainted shortly after arriving at the house.

Wolobah was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died.

The “One Chip Challenge” was debuted by the Paqui brand in 2016. (WCVB)

“He was the kind of kid who would work really hard,” said Douglas Hill, Wolobah’s basketball coach for the St. Bernard’s Church team. “I feel for the family. I feel for him, and this is just one of those situations where it’s not his fault.”

St. Bernard’s Church will host a co-ed basketball workout in honor of Wolobah on Saturday.

Registration is $25 per athlete and all proceeds will go to his family.

People can register through Instagram — @dhill0516 — or by contacting 774-823-5607.

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