Coca-Cola addiction blamed in death, coroner says

A New Zealand coroner said Coca-Cola contributed to a woman’s death, according to BBC News.

According to the report, the cause of the mother’s death had to do with her drinking 2.5 gallons of Coca-Cola per day.

Natasha Harris went into cardiac arrest in February 2010 and died at the age of 30.

According to the report, at the time of her death, a pathologist found Harris had hypokalemia, or a lack of potassium in the blood.

Harris’ family said she was addicted to the soda, and if she didn’t get her fix, she would go into withdrawal. At least one of Harris’ eight children was born without enamel on his or her teeth likely caused by the woman’s addiction.

The excessive consumption of Coca-Cola caused cardiac arrhythmia, which means the heart beats too fast or too slow, according to Coroner David Crerar.

Here’s a statement from Coca-Cola:

“Our thoughts and sympathies remain with the family of Natasha Harris.  We have always tried to be as respectful as possible during this difficult time and limit our comments on this tragic situation.

The Coroner acknowledged that he could not be certain what caused Ms Harris’ heart attack.  Therefore we are disappointed that the Coroner has chosen to focus on the combination of Ms Harris’ excessive consumption of Coca-Cola, together with other health and lifestyle factors, as the probable cause of her death.  This is contrary to the evidence that showed the experts could not agree on the most likely cause.”

Source: BBC News

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