New Zealand Woman's Death Blamed On Coca Cola Addiction

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! (OK, maybe in a not so morbid way.) However, a coroner really has found that a New Zealand woman's death is the result of an eight-litre-per-day Coke habit.

Eight litres is 16 cans over 20 standard cans per day. Holy shit. Natasha Harris was 31 when she 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 deposits 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]

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    a standard can of coke is 375mL in Aus and i believe 355mL in New Zealand, which means to consumer 8 litres per day she is actually consuming somewhere between 21 and 23 cans per day, not 16

    So, should I sue tobacco companies when i die from lung cancer?? Should I sue woolworths for selling me coke? Should I sue gyms for trying to work out and end up breaking my back???

    Stupidity in this world today.

      Calm down Jayzorz, no where in the article does it state that anyone is looking for a lawsuit. Though we could assume that Coke may be kicking the idea around, doc better watch his back!

        There is a good point though in saying that the coroner could've have attributed a lot different factors, but instead focused on Coke. No one is to blame but herself sadly... Coke didn't force it down her gullet.

      This was the coroners finding, not a lawsuit against Coca-Cola. The goal was to determine cause of death not attribute blame.

      From the source link

      "Coca-Cola cannot be held responsible for the health of consumers who drink unhealthy quantities of the product,"

        Saw this on SMH yesterday
        "Coroner takes on soft drinks giant after woman died from drinking 10 litres of Coke a day"

          SMH online - where pageviews are more important than facts.

    I want to see a picture of this taking bets that she was probably a morbidly obese fatty that ate pretty poorly as well

      Irrespective of her theoretical body size/shape, that much Coke any person is going to be doing damage. Body size/weight is not an absolute or accurate representation of health either. I'm certain there are people out there who have what is considered a normal (I use this term very loosely) body size who will drop dead in a few years because they're workaholics.

    Lol amazing that Coka Cola couldn't even entertain the idea that too much of the stuff could be harmful. Any decent company would respond with something along the lines of "coka cola should be enjoyed responsibly and in moderation as part of a balanced diet" but no, they pretty much say "Bullsh*t! 16 cans a day is great, drink up!".

      I thought it was common knowledge that too much of anything is harmful.

        ah yes, but common knowledge and common sense are not so common these days.

          It would appear so, sadly. In no way should that place the responsibility on Coca Cola though.

        Yeah heaps... try and drink 10 litres of milk/day and see how long you can last.

          Hell, even 10 litres of water will kill you if you drink it too quickly lol

        She would have died just by drinking a lot of water all day and doing nothing.

      Yeah, people die from drinking too much water. It usually only happens when on ecstacy or something similar.

    With respect to the deceased - does the final statement from Coca-Cola read like the highest weaselry to anyone else here? SHE DRANK +20 COKES A FUCKING DAY - AND YOU WANT THE CORONER TO NOT FOCUS ON THAT!? #Sry4caps It fizzes my drink that they even commented at all, let alone tried this passive-aggressive 'what about all the other shit that could have killed her' angle. #FUintheBHole (I have been tweeting a lot recently #sry4hashtag @commentors)

    'That's not what our internally funded circlejerk tells us.' - Coca Cola

    So does that mean they are now going to stick warning labels on coca cola products like they do on a packet of cigarettes, maybe even go plain labelling for coke? cause apparently NOW coke kills!

    I'm surprised her stomach put up with that sort of abuse. Coke is basically the best stuff to use to clean up oil spills on driveways. Probably better than quicklime (or pigs) for disposing of bodies too.

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