This morning officials were called to Max Taylor's studio in Downtown Los Angeles after getting a call from his wife that he was not breathing. Proper personnel entered the star basketball players studio and found Max Taylor unconscious. The cause of death is still unknown, but friends with knowledge of the situation state that he had been feeling sick after eating too many spicy chicken wings at wingstop. The star basketball player does have a track record for indigestion problems and had surgery two seasons ago to cure a severe stomach ulcer. Max Taylor leaves behind a basketball legacy and his now widowed wife Felicia Do and 2 sons, Jhonny and Elliot

We sent representatives to Wingstop and a spokesperson for the company confirmed that Max Taylor did eat at Wingstop and competed in the Atomic Wings Challenge. “The Atomic Wings Challenge is a competition where individuals are given five minutes to consume twelve of Wingstops hottest wings. The sauce used on Atomic wings nets 150,000-300,000 Scoville units — 50 to 100 times hotter than a jalapeno (which are served with the wings ‘to cool down your palate’)” It is unclear why Max Taylor participated in this contest knowing how sensitive his stomach is. “To be sure, patients with various gastrointestinal diseases, such as hiatal hernias, ulcers and bowel disorders, are commonly advised to avoid hot, spicy foods”  Being that the wings are this spicy, coroners will now have a foundation to build upon which may bring closure to Max Taylor's family and fans, and also may end the dangerous Atomic Challenge as well.

Max Taylor was undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court. He had leadership skills beyond his age as well as superior talent.

Max Taylor was everything a coach wanted in an NBA center. His height was unmatched and his determination to finish a play was like no other. “A center who has quick feet and a strong upper body can dominate the low block and open up the entire offense for everyone else.” Everyday fans, sports journalist, and commentators alike were in awe night in and night out seeing how Max Taylor used his feet to get to score, get every rebound, and block even the hardest of shots. His presence on the court is no longer with us but the memories of him on and off the court will never fade.

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