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Mother dies from drinking too much Coca-Cola

Young mother dies from drinking too much Coke. Photo via Carlos Nunes.

The results of a coroners report on the death of a 30-year-old New Zealand mother in 2010 are in and apparently the cause of death was death by over-consumption of coca-cola according to BBC News on Tuesday.

Natasha Harris, mother of eight, died in 2010 from a condition called hypokalemia which is a lack of potassium in the blood. After a several year investigation on what caused the lack of potassium, Coroner David Crerar said he’s confident it was Harris’ addiction to Coke that caused her untimely death.

There were plenty of warning signs that Harris’ addiction to Coke was causing health concerns. Harris had to have all her teeth pulled after her teeth started rotting from drinking so much of the carbonated sugar drink. Harris’ children said that if she didn’t get her fix, which typically consisted of 10 liters a day (equivalent to almost 30 cans), she would have withdrawals and start to shake. One of her children was reportedly born without enamel on his death as a side effect of her soda addiction.

Crerar wrote in his report:

“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.”

Crerar also said that Harris should have been more responsible with her Coke consumption once it started to affect her health and the health of her unborn babies:

“The fact she had her teeth extracted several years before her death because of what her family believed was Coke induced tooth decay, and the fact that one or more of her children were born without enamel on their teeth, should have been treated by her, and by her family, as a warning.”