A 31-year-old mother from New Zealand succumbed to a heart attack as a result of an addiction to Coca-Cola.
According to a coroner’s report released this week, Natasha Harris died of cardiac arrhythmia in February 2010, and her excessive consumption of Coke was likely a “substantial factor” in her death. The pathology examination revealed that she had an enlarged liver with fatty deposits due to too much sugar, and low potassium in her bloodstream, Freep.com reports.
“I find that, when all of 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,” coroner David Crerar wrote in his report.
Harris reportedly drank 2.2 gallons of Coke daily for years which resulted in the removal of multiple rotten teeth and the birth of at least one child lacking tooth enamel. Her partner said she suffered withdrawal symptoms if she didn’t drink Coke.
While experts consider 500 mg of caffeine already dangerous, the mother of eight apparently consumed nearly double of that amount and more than two pounds of sugar.
Coca-Cola expressed disappointment over the coroner’s report which stressed Coke’s involvement in Harris’ death even though the report indicated that the company “cannot be held responsible for the health of consumers who drink unhealthy quantities of the product.”