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Autopsy shows Coca-Cola addiction killed woman


The dangers of addiction are not just limited to alcohol or illegal substances.

One woman, Natasha Harris, who drank about two gallons of Coca-Cola every day, suddenly died of a heart problem in 2010.

Since then, findings on how soda impacts overall heart health--and a 19-page coroner's report obtained by ABC News--have pointed to the fact that Harris' death could have been caused by drinking too much of the caffeinated beverage.

Autopsy results

After an autopsy, coroner David Crerar called Harris' addiction as a "substantial factor" that contributed to the cardiac arrhythmia that killed her.

“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.”

Friends say that Harris could get moody and shaky if she didn't get her Coke "fix," and that she suffered withdrawal symptoms akin to detoxing from a drug. Her rotted teeth, at one point, had to be removed.

Hidden dangers?

According to the report, "the family did not consider that Coke was harmful due to the fact of it having no warning signs.”

A spokesperson for Coca-Cola expressed disappointment that the coroner chose to link Harris' death the beverage consumption, but also communicated sympathy for her family.

“The safety of our products is paramount, and our promise is to deliver safe, quality beverages.  All of our products have a place in an active, healthy lifestyle that includes a sensible, balanced diet and regular physical activity," the spokesman said.

Crerar notes that the dangers of high doses of Coca-Cola should be better communicated to consumers.

Source: ABC News