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Posted: Friday, April 20, 2012 10:10:31 PM

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Woman’s Coca-Cola ‘habit’ cited in death
By Eric Pfeiffer The Sideshow

When people attribute someone's untimely death to a Coke overdose, they're usually not talking about the world's most popular soda.

But experts in New Zealand say Natasha Harris' 2-gallon-a-day Coca-Cola consumption "probably" contributed to her death. The soda company responded to the alleged connection by noting that even water consumption can be fatal in excessive amounts.

"The first thing she would do in the morning was to have a drink of Coke beside her bed and the last thing she would do at night was have a drink of Coke," Harris' partner Chris Hodgkinson said in a deposition. "She was addicted to Coke."

Hodgkinson testified that Harris drank between 2.1 gallons and 2.6 gallons of Coke every day.

The 30-year-old Harris died of a heart attack in February 2010. According to New Zealand's Fairfax Media, pathologist Dr. Dan Mornin testified on Thursday that Harris likely suffered from hypokalemia (low potassium levels), which he believes was caused by her overall poor nutrition, including the unusually high levels of Coke consumption.

Though in fairness to the soda manufacturer, it was also revealed that Harris made other questionable health choices before her death, including smoking a reported 30 cigarettes per day and having poor eating habits. Dr. Mornin also said Harris had "toxic levels of caffeine" in her blood, though it's not clear if those levels came exclusively from Coke or from a combination of other sources, including coffee.

Karen Thompson, a spokeswoman for Coca-Cola Oceania, defended the safety of her company's products in a statement:

"We concur with the information shared by the coroner's office that the grossly excessive ingestion of any food product, including water, over a short period of time with the inadequate consumption of essential nutrients, and the failure to seek appropriate medical intervention when needed, can be dramatically symptomatic."


Harris reportedly experienced high blood pressure in the months leading up to her death. Hodgkinson called emergency services and tried mouth-to-mouth resuscitation but was not able to revive Harris after she collapsed in her home.

nicola
Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2012 1:35:26 AM

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Jeez, you'd think she'd be smart enough to realise it was ultimately going to kill her and to seek professional help.

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Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2012 5:30:55 AM

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Heart Attack was the cause of death, what is does not say is how big she was, not being rude but 2.1 gallons to 2.6 gallons a day !!!! Thats a hell of a lot of liquid to put somewhere.
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Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2012 8:32:33 AM

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nicola wrote:
Jeez, you'd think she'd be smart enough to realise it was ultimately going to kill her and to seek professional help.



NIC!!! ... Pardon the French here, but

poor snort of kitty ... {{{DAMN!!!!}}} ... I'm just sayin ..



Head wrote:
Heart Attack was the cause of death, what is does not say is how big she was, not being rude but 2.1 gallons to 2.6 gallons a day !!!! Thats a hell of a lot of liquid to put somewhere.


The only pic there was of a head shot and you couldn't really tell how big she was.
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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012 12:08:51 AM

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Damn, drinking that much "coke" would not only kill you, but also probably curved her appetite so she wasnt hungry which could explain her low potassium due to an unhealthy FOOD consumption
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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012 1:08:43 AM

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so all i've gathered from this is that coke is bad for you...is cocaine now good? oh dear! :D
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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012 9:02:11 AM

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Her boyfriend should have threatened to leave her unless she dropped the habit...but then again, I bet she'd have picked the Coke anyway.

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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 2:59:03 PM

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I bet that drinking 2 gallons a day of anything is going to kill you. Have heard that you can actually die from drinking too much water, but not sure what the limit is. So blaming it on coke is just another way of media to get more readers.

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