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Is Coke addictive? Coroner takes on soft drinks giant

by The Sydney Morning Herald  |  published on February 14, 2013

A New Zealand coroner has taken on the world’s most valuable brand name in a case that is likely to reverberate around the world.

Southland coroner David Crerar has found that mother-of-eight Natasha Harris died from drinking too much Coke.

Ms Harris, of Invercargill, died aged 30 in February 2010. Evidence at her inquest showed she drank up to 10 litres of “classic” Coke every day – equal to more than twice the recommended safe daily limit of caffeine, and almost one kilogram of sugar.

Coca-Cola has argued that the huge quantities of Coke she drank could not be proven to have contributed to her death.

But in findings issued yesterday, Mr Crerar said Ms Harris would not have died if it wasn’t for her dependence on the drink.

“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.”

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