Mother-of-three Jennifer Strange was hoping to win one of Nintendo's next-gen consoles for her children. But the KDND 107.9 radio show contest she took part in had a tragic end when the woman was found dead in her Rancho Cordova, California, home.
Coroner Ed Smith, performing a preliminary investigation, found evidence that was "consistent with a water intoxication death."
The winner of the Wii game console was to be the person who managed to not go to the toilet for the longest amount of time, despite consuming large quantities of water. Contestants had to drink an eight-ounce bottle of water every 15 minutes--one quit after five bottles. In the later stages of the competition, the remaining entrants were given even bigger bottles to drink.
It is not yet clear how much water Ms. Strange consumed. She told a colleague after the contest that she felt sick and had a "really bad" headache. The woman was later found dead in her suburban home. It is not known if Ms. Strange succeeded in winning the console.
A spokesperson for the radio station commented, "We are awaiting information that will help explain how this tragic event occurred."