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Coca-Cola habit linked to New Zealander's death

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Image from a quicklink A pathologist has said a New Zealand woman's eight-litre-a-day Coca-Cola habit probably contributed to her death, a conclusion that led the soft-drink giant to note that even water can be deadly in excessive amounts.

Natasha Harris, 30, of Invercargill, died from a heart attack in February 2010.

Dr Dan Mornin testified at an inquest on Thursday that Harris probably suffered from hypokalemia, or low potassium, which he thinks was caused by her excessive consumption of Coke and overall poor nutrition, Fairfax Media reported.

Symptoms of hypokalemia can include abnormal heart rhythms.
Mornin said toxic levels of caffeine, a stimulant found in cola, also may have contributed to her death.

Harris's partner, Chris Hodgkinson, testified that Harris drank between 8 and 10 litres of Coke every day.

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Stupid is as stupid does. Coke will take rust off ... by David Weaver on Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 at 12:45:31 PM