Natasha Harris Dead, ‘Drinking 10 Litres Of Coca-Cola A Day Linked To New Zealander's Death'

A mother-of-eight died had a fatal heart attack after drinking up to 10 litres of Coca-Cola a day, an inquest has heard.

The large quantities of the drink were a “substantial factor” in Natasha Harris’s death, a coroner said.

The 30-year-old New Zealand native, who had a history of ill health, died three years ago.

She was known to have smoked around 30 cigarettes a day, suffered from blood pressure problems and had had her teeth removed because of decay. One or more of her children had been born without tooth enamel, it emerged during the inquest.

On Tuesday, coroner David Crerar said Harris’s addiction to Coca-Cola had given rise to cardiac arrhythmia.

Mr Crerar calculated the amount of Coca-Cola Harris was drinking was equivalent to 970mg of caffeine and more than 1kg of sugar a day.

He stressed the company could not be held responsible for the health of those who drank excessive amounts of its product, but called on soft drinks companies to display clearer warnings about the effects of sugar and caffeine.

Coca-Cola released a statement to ONE News saying it was “disappointed” by the coroner’s decision.

"This is contrary to the evidence that showed the experts could not agree on the most likely cause."

Symptoms of hypokalemia can include abnormal heart rhythms, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Her mother Lynette said: “It was her choice to drink Coke. She didn’t like water or tea or coffee and she didn’t eat much either and that had a lot to do with it.”

Her partner, Chris Hodgkinson, added: “I am glad the coroner has come to a conclusion, finally, after three years. I always knew Coke played a big part in her death.”

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