Man who choked to death at Voodoo Doughnut identified

Police and paramedics were called to the location on the 1500 block of Colfax around 1:30 a.m.

KUSA - The father of the man who choked to death in the lobby of Voodoo Doughnut on East Colfax Avenue early Sunday morning describes him as an "energetic and open-minded person" with an infectious laugh. 

"It's tragic," Curtis Malouff said. "It's a loss of life that shouldn't be." 

Travis Malouff, 42, died from "asphyxia, due to obstruction of the airway," the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner announced Monday morning. 

Police and paramedics were first called to the doughnut shop in the 1500 block of Colfax at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday after receiving a report Malouff was choking. 

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The manager at the shop confirmed to 9NEWS a person died in their lobby, but wouldn't say anything else. Witnesses say Malouff was doing a doughnut challenge before he died. 

Two people who were inside at the time say people rushed to try and help the man when they realized he was choking, but they couldn't perform the Heimlich maneuver.

"They tried so hard to do everything. It was clear that nobody was trained and they were just reacting." a witness said. "You [have to]do something I think."

Denver Police say Malouff's death does not appear to be suspicious, but they won't say anything more than that.

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Voodoo released a statement saying the company is saddened by what happened and is cooperating with police.

Curtis Malouff says everyone remembers his son's smile, energy and laugh. 

"If a challenge is there -- he'd probably take it," he said. 

Travis is survived by his father, Curtis, mother Kay Malouff and brother Ferris Malouff. 

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