A coroner has determined that a New Zealand woman died as a result of her excessive Coca-Cola habit.
Southland Coroner David Crerar explained the 31-year-old woman died as a result of heart failure. According to the International Business Times, the mother of eight drank a staggering 10 liters of the soft drink every day.
The coroner said in his report:
“I find that, when all the available evidence in 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.”
Although the Crerar is convinced the carbonated beverage played a role in the woman’s death, Coca-Cola has rejected the findings. Newstalk ZB reports the company says the conclusion was reached despite evidence pointing to the contrary.
Coca-Cola also stated that experts could not agree on what caused the woman’s heart failure. The company expressed disappointed over the coroner’s decision to point the finger of blame at the soft drink.
According to the New Zealand Herald, the woman’s deteriorating health was likely caused by a number of other factors. In addition to poor eating habits, she was also a heavy smoker.
Prior to her death, Harris reportedly felt lethargic and tired all of the time. There were several mornings when she would wake up and immediately vomit. However, she refused to seek medical attention about her health problems because she was afraid of doctors.
Coca-Cola said during a recent inquest that a number of factors could have contributed to the woman’s cardiac arrhythmia. The company stressed that no evidence pointed to the beverage being responsible for her death.
Although the New Zealand coroner’s report cited Coca-Cola as the causes of death, it’s believed that Natasha Harris’ lifestyle contributed to her many health problems.
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