Addicted to cola: Did soda kill a mother of eight?

A father blames his harried partner's 10-liter-a-day Coca-Cola habit for her early death — and a pathologist is backing him up

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Natasha Marie Harris, a 30-year-old mother of eight, died in February 2010, and a court in her hometown of Invercargill, New Zealand, is still struggling to determine why. Harris' partner, Christopher Hodgkinson, told an inquest on Thursday that he believes her excessive consumption of Coca-Cola was the key factor — and a pathologist backed him up, to a point. Here, a brief look at Harris' story, her soda addiction, and the role it might have played in her too-early death:

How much soda did Harris drink?

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