Kiwi woman dies after drinking 10 liters of Coca Cola a day

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 13, 2013 06:12 hrs

London: An addiction to Coca-Cola led to the death of a woman who downed up to 10 litres of Coca Cola everyday and died aged 30 from a cardiac arrhythmia, according to a New Zealand coroner.

Natasha Harris died from a cardiac arrest at her home in Invercargill in New Zealand on February 25, 2010.

Her partner, Christopher Hodgkinson, found her on the toilet, slumped against the wall gasping for air.

Coca Cola argued the huge quantities of Coke that Harris drank every day could not be proven to have contributed to her death.

However in findings released on Tuesday, coroner David Crerar said the mother-of-eight would not have died if it wasn't for her dependence on the drink, the Sun reported.

Reacting to the ruling bosses at the multi-national drinks company said they were "disappointed" it had focus on her consumption of the fizzy drink.

Downing almost 18 pints a day is equal to more than twice the recommended safe daily limit of caffeine and almost one kilogram of sugar.

Vivien Hodgkinson, Christopher's mother, said she got "withdrawal symptoms" if her Coke ran out and would go "crazy" if she ran out of the drink.

Harris suffered from a list of medical conditions, including a racing heart and 'absent teeth', which her family say had rotted out from Coke consumption.

They claim the drink also ruined her children's teeth, with at least one of her kids being born without enamel on their teeth. (ANI)

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