A Woman Died from Drinking Too Much Coca Cola

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It always seemed like a scare tactic that fat fearing parents would tell their sugar loving kids: if you drink too much Coke, you could die! (okay, maybe in a not so morbid way) But a woman actually died from drinking too much Coke. The coroner blamed the 30-year-old woman's 2.2 GALLON a day Coke problem—as in Coca Cola—as the reason for her death.


2.2 gallons is about 4 2-liters or nearly 24 cans of Coke every day. Holy shit. Natasha Harris, the woman who drank too much Coke, passed away in February 2010 but coroner David Crerar just recently released his report, saying:

"I find that when all the available evidence is considered, were it not for the consumption of very large quantities of Coke by Natasha Harris, it is unlikely that she would have died when she died and how she died."


In addition:

[Her habit] "was a substantial factor that contributed to the development of the metabolic imbalances which gave rise to the arrhythmia".

Harris, who didn't drink alcohol, was also found to have an enlarged liver because of fatty depostis from excessive sugar consumption and low potassium levels in her blood. Her body was ruined inside from all the fizzy brown syrup. Coke responded to the coroner's claim, saying:

"[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."


Coke kills! [Discovery News, Huffington Post, Image Credit vonzolomon / Shutterstock.com]

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Why can't the company just own up to it? Why do they dig themselves deeper into the PR cesspit by saying "That sucks but NUH HUH" instead of saying "That sucks and we should remind everyone that, like anything in life, coca cola should be enjoyed in moderate, responsible amounts."

They would probably win more customers if they were more friendly and realistic.