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Old 23.05.2008., 00:59   #13
Notable cases

* On January 12, 2007, Jennifer Strange, a 28-year-old woman and a mother of 3, from Rancho Cordova, California, was found dead in her home by her mother hours after trying to win one of Nintendo's Wii game consoles in KDND 107.9 "The End" radio station's "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest, which involved drinking large quantities of water without urinating. No criminal charges were pressed.[6] The Federal Communications Commission has launched its own investigation to determine if the station violated the terms of its operating license.
* On October 12, 2002, 3-year-old Rosita Gonzalez died of water intoxication when her babysitter Nancy Gayoso punished her by forcing her to drink three quarts (2.8 liters) of water in a four hour period.[7][8] Gayoso was charged and arrested for murder in the first degree on March 10, 2003. After being declared incompetent to stand trial in 2004 and 2005,[9] Gayoso was found competent on March 26, 2007.
* Leah Betts[10] died on the 16th of November 1995 after taking an ecstasy tablet at her 18th birthday party and subsequently drinking too much water; the case received mass media coverage throughout the United Kingdom, which focused on the dangers of ecstasy and rather overlooked the actual cause of death.
* In a much-publicized case of fraternity hazing, four members of the Chi Tau (formerly Delta Sigma Phi) House at California State University, Chico pleaded guilty to forcing 21-year-old student Matthew Carrington to drink excessive amounts of water while performing calisthenics in a frigid basement as part of initiation rites on February 2, 2005.[11] He collapsed and died of heart failure due to water intoxication.
* On September 12, 1999, US Air Force basic trainee Michael J. Schindler died of heat stroke, severely complicated by water intoxication, two days after becoming seriously ill during a 5.8 mile march. The Air Force changed its recruit training procedures as a result.[12]
* Other notable fatalities due to water intoxication include Andy Warhol, Anna Wood, [13] 2002 Boston Marathon competitor Cynthia Lucero,[14] and Washington, D.C. police officer James McBride.[15]
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