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Thursday, January 12, 2012

RIP Scott Bickel, Cleveland's Most Passionate Professional Eater

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM

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Sad, sad news this morning: according to the internet, Scott “Beefcakes” Bickel, competitive eater, past Scene cover subject, and all-around incredible guy, died last night. We’re trying to confirm all the various rumors, but so far officials are mum.

Last night Scott posted a note on his Facebook page that plainly stated he was planning to take his own life by jumping from the “Rt. 82 bridge in the Brecksville/Macedonia area.” As evidenced by 200 or so comments that followed urging him not to, no one has been able to get in touch with him since. This morning, the Plain Dealer reports, a man’s body was found in that area late last night. The article cites the probable cause of death as suicide, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner.

This morning, we spoke with Gary Guenther, an investigator with the medical examiner. He said the body has not been officially ID’d yet, and he couldn’t comment on whether it was Bickel. (Update: Guenther now confirms that the body has been positively identified as Scott Bickel.) All he could tell us was that the body was found 30 to 40 feet downstream of the bridge. An official announcement may come this afternoon.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park spokesperson Mary Pat Doorley tells Scene that their organization has identified the body and informed the family, but they’re not confirming whether or not it was Bickel out of respect for the family. She added that investigators don’t believe it was foul play.

This is all terrible. Scott was a great guy who blitzed everything he did with unbridled energy and emotion. Also, he was an incredibly nice guy. If anyone has actual confirmed details, buzz us at 216-802-7231. We’ll update with official announcements. Otherwise, feel free to post memories of Scott below in the comments section. If you knew Scott, he probably left an impression.

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