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Woman dies after radio station promotion
mom of three, 28, dead from drinking water

 4:28 pm on Jan 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

"SACRAMENTO, California (AP) -- A woman who competed in a radio station's contest to see how much water she could drink without going to the bathroom died of water intoxication, the coroner's office said Saturday."

"after taking part in the "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest"

Drinking too much water is dangerous. Can cause various health problems and in some cases, death.



 4:37 pm on Jan 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

Water intoxication (also known as hyperhydration or water poisoning) is a potentially fatal disturbance in brain function that results when the normal balance of electrolytes in the body is pushed outside of safe limits by a very rapid intake of water.


I didn't know you could die this way...hmmm...


 4:43 pm on Jan 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

wow, thats mad.


 4:52 pm on Jan 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

How much did she have?


 5:01 pm on Jan 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

I imagine the radio station can be brought up on crimimal charges, ie criminal negligence causing death. At least the radio station will get sued in civil court at least.


 5:06 pm on Jan 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

Few people know about water intoxication! But it can be a serious problem even under more ordinary circumstances. That's what makes this radio contest shocking. Any doctor would have warned them about the risks. In this case the danger was compounded by not letting the participants urinate.

My mom was admitted to a hospital a few years ago suffering stroke-like symptoms. She had lost physical coordination and her memory was suddenly impaired. She couldn't tell the nurse what year it was.

She had been a believer in the 90s fad that everyone had to drink 8 glasses of water a day, whether thirsty or not. She weighed about 100 pounds.

Eventually doctors dried her out (lol) and her health quickly returned.


 5:23 pm on Jan 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

It's incredible that they didn't admit everyone to a hospital after this contest. Putting people in danger like this is criminal.

Anything for a laugh - now three kids without a mom.


 8:14 pm on Jan 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

I knew it could happen to babies, toddlers and pets (I know someone who lost a small dog to water intoxication - it was swimming and drank too much pool water), this is the first I heard of it happening to a healthy adult. Sad ..


 10:03 pm on Jan 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

I usually drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day. Other than being a potential bed-wetter, what kind of danger am I in?


 11:15 pm on Jan 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

Drinking a lot of water can be a symptom of diabetes. When I was younger, and did a lot of running, I used to think I drank a lot of water, too. Don't have diabetes.

If you're normally thirsty from exercise or heat, then depriving yourself of water wouldn't be advisable. Marathon runners can have serious problems from drinking too little water or, oddly, from drinking too much, which can screw up electrolyte levels.

There's a fair amount of info on the web about "water intoxication." Most deaths occur from forced drinking (such as torture/fraternity hazing) or during long distance running.


 11:35 pm on Jan 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

I was told as well that people that take drugs "E'sss"
Mostly die fro mwater intoxication rather than the actual drug!

It makes people crave the water and actually drowns there insides!


 12:39 pm on Jan 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

This is exactly why many states made marathon dance contests illegal during the Depression:

"Strange may have drunk nearly two gallons."

"(CBS/AP) A Sacramento area radio station fired 10 employees Tuesday,"

"...a listener - self-identified as a nurse - called the live radio broadcast and warned that the game was dangerous."

""Yeah, we're aware of that," replied a DJ, according to the broadcast news report. "They signed releases so we're not responsible, okay?"


 12:57 pm on Jan 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

"Strange may have drunk nearly two gallons."

How much is that in liters?


 2:53 pm on Jan 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

7.57 (I think)


 3:10 pm on Jan 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

Some clips from the radio show. [sacbee.com]

Includes the afforementioned warning from the nurse, and the late Mrs Strange complaining of a headache.

It's quite creepy to listen to considering what happened.


 3:14 pm on Jan 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

"human body contains approximately 6 quarts (or 5.6 liters) of blood."

Two gallon of water. Yikes! That weighs about 17 pounds. She had far more water than blood in her.

Putting it in MY terms, that's about 200 bladders full.


 9:48 pm on Jan 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

Those who run a marathon/ultra are acutely aware of water intox.
You have to mix in those sports drinks w/ electrolytes.


 12:07 am on Jan 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

Isn't that actually how Leah Betts died? All the UK tabloids went crazy about how she'd died from ingesting MDMA - which turned out to be a crock. What actually happened was that she'd been warned of the dangers of dehydration and ended up overcompensating on the hydration and killing herself. She also died from drinking water.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong.


 10:25 am on Jan 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

The world has went mad!

Drink when your bosy tells you that you need a drink - that should keep you right eh? I mean the body knows better than us anyway!


 3:48 pm on Jan 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

My body is telling me I need a double cheeseburger, a biggie fries, and a big gulp.


 6:46 pm on Jan 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

And fortunately that shouldn't kill you in two hours, despite all the hysteria we hear from the media about fast food. This sad story about the fate of Mrs. Strange is one more reason for everyone to use common sense and listen to our bodies as to what's best for us, unless under the guidance of a doctor we trust. If you're thirsty, drink water. If you're not, don't. If running a marathon feels like it's going to kill you, it probably is. Take a walk instead.


 7:32 pm on Jan 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

I was trying to be funny. As usual I failed miserably. :(


 8:17 pm on Jan 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

I thought it was very funny. My posting was intended to be sarcastic and tongue-in-cheek. Unfortunately, electronic postings don't convey dry wit very effectively, something I blithely forgot.


 8:47 pm on Jan 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

A criminal investigation of this incident has been opened, contrary to earlier comments by the sheriff.

the DJs are heard joking about contestants dying of water intoxication


And here I'd thought the DJ's were merely idiots. I mean, that's low.


 9:17 pm on Jan 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

I heard some of the clips yesterday. I like where the one dj says something about "your body being 98% water, so how can it hurt you?".


 7:37 am on Jan 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

My body is telling me I need a double cheeseburger, a biggie fries, and a big gulp.

"The body knows what it needs. That's why some things taste good."


 9:32 am on Jan 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Im pretty sure the radio DJ's never ment to hurt anyone, a question:

Do YOU think the Radio Station / DJ's are responsible?


 1:42 pm on Jan 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Waiver or no waiver, I think the station is responsible for allowing the contest to be held without fully researching the implications. IF they still decided to go ahead, there should have been close medical supervision of the contestants. Having a doctor on-hand might have saved that woman's life.

The DJ's were just stupid.

[edited by: MamaDawg at 1:42 pm (utc) on Jan. 19, 2007]

smells so good

 1:48 pm on Jan 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Do YOU think the Radio Station / DJ's are responsible?

Absolutely! They promoted the event, they failed to research the activity to see what harm could arise, and they willfully ignored warnings from a health professional. The fact that someone signs a waiver does not make them immune to manslaughter charges based on gross negligence.

They would not have sponsored a similar contest to jump off a bridge into moving traffic. We all know that can be fatal. It isn't always, but it can be. So they were acting in ignorance, and ignorance is no excuse for violating laws.



 3:42 pm on Jan 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

your body being 98% water, so how can it hurt you?"

Body is mostly salty water, not the fresh water she consumed. I've always heard that a near-drowning in fresh water is more dangerous than one in salt water in terms of lung damage. (true?)

Yep, there are limits to what rights one can waive. Especially true in the work-place. This case reminds me of the mom who died after participating in a boxing match a few years ago.

What happens if (when)one of the American Idol contestants blows his brains out after being made a fool of? Was wondering that last night. Remember the Jenny Jones episode a few years ago.

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