After suffering a heart attack at the age of 30 and dying in February of 2010, one pathologist believes that a 2 gallon a day Coca Cola addiction killed Natasha Marie Harris of New Zealand. At an inquest held last Thursday, Fairfax Media reports that Dr, Dan Mornin testified that Harris’ excessive consumption of Coke along with an overall poor nutritional intake and heavy smoking, led to her likely suffering from hypokalemia, or low potassium, which could lead to issues with the heart such as abnormal rhythms.
Dr. Mornin also said that Harris had toxic levels of caffeine in her system that more than likely helped to contribute to her death.
“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 indicated that Harris would drink anywhere from 8 to 10 liters of coke a day. Now Natasha’s family believes that Coca Cola should come with a warning label on it.
Coke defended its product in the matter by releasing a statement through spokeswoman Karen Thompson, who said that even consuming water in large amounts can be unhealthy and deadly.
“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,” the statement read.