tA woman who was found dead hours after taking part in a water drinking contest at a local radio station may have died of water intoxication, a coroner said.
The body of mother-of-three Jennifer Strange, 28, was discovered at her home in Rancho Cordova, California, on Friday after she competed in the “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” contest organised by KDND 107.9.
The radio station had promised a Nintendo Wii video game system for the competitor who could drink the most water without going to the toilet.
Ms Strange went home after complaning to work colleagues that her head was hurting. “She was crying and that was the last that anyone had heard from her,” said Laura Rios, a colleague at the Radiological Associates of Sacramento.
It was not immediately known how much water she drank during the event, though early investigations showed evidence “consistent with a water intoxication death,” according to the Assistant Coroner Ed Smith.
Contestants were initially given half-pint bottles of water to drink every 15 minutes, with the size of the bottles increasing as the competition progressed.
“They told us if you don’t feel like you can do this, don’t put your health at risk,” said fellow contestant James Ybarra of Woodland, California.
John Geary, vice president and marketing manager for Entercom Sacramento, the station’s owner, said staff were stunned when they heard of Ms Strange’s death. “We are awaiting information that will help explain how this tragic event occurred,” he said.