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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.

Jennifer Strange, 28, was found dead Friday in her suburban Rancho Cordova home hours after taking part in the "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest in which KDND 107.9 promised a Nintendo Wii video game system for the winner.

"She said to one of our supervisors that she was on her way home and her head was hurting her real bad," said Laura Rios, one of Strange's co-workers at Radiological Associates of Sacramento. "She was crying, and that was the last that anyone had heard from her."

It was not immediately known how much water Strange consumed.

A preliminary investigation found evidence "consistent with a water intoxication death," said assistant Coroner Ed Smith.

John Geary, vice president and marketing manager for Entercom Sacramento, the station's owner, said station personnel were stunned when they heard of Strange's death.

"We are awaiting information that will help explain how this tragic event occurred," he said.

Initially, contestants were handed 8-ounce bottles of water to drink every 15 minutes.

"They were small little half-pint bottles, so we thought it was going to be easy," said fellow contestant James Ybarra of Woodland. "They told us if you don't feel like you can do this, don't put your health at risk."

Ybarra said he quit after drinking five bottles. "My bladder couldn't handle it anymore," he added.

After he quit, he said, the remaining contestants, including Strange, were given even bigger bottles to drink.

"I was talking to her and she was a nice lady," Ybarra said. "She was telling me about her family and her three kids and how she was doing it for her kids."

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What a strange way to die.

"So, what happened to your mom," asks Johnny's friend. "Oh, well, she died a long while ago," replies Johnny. "Sorry to hear that," replies Johnny's friend. "How'd she die," he asks. "She died from water intoxication," replies Johnny. "How'd that happen," his friend asked.

*Johnny starts to turn red.*

"Well, she entered a radio station contest to win a Nintendo Wii for us. She had to drink a lot of water & hold her pee to win. That's how she died."

*A moment of awkward silence....*

"So what about those Lakers, ey," replies Johnny.

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Her kids better get the damn Wii after all this, with a shit load of games and such to boot. This is fucking ridiculous.

Did everyone at the station honestly not know about water intoxication?

In my opinion I have to say no freaking way. Give em anything else other than a wii huge fucking settlement whatever.

But could you imagine playing a videogame system that (in essence) killed your mom? Fuck that.

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In my opinion I have to say no freaking way. Give em anything else other than a wii huge fucking settlement whatever.

But could you imagine playing a videogame system that (in essence) killed your mom? Fuck that.

I understand and agree with you, Gimpy. I probably wouldn't be able to play a Wii even at a friends house if this happened to myself. Knowing that system was the reason my mother died, and in-turn died because she wanted it for me and my two siblings, would probably scar the crap out of me.

However, my point wasn't that the kids should have and play with it, but the family (I wasn't sure if the children had a father living with them) should at least get the prize after all the mother went through.

If the station hires some good lawyers to try and save their asses, the family is left with nothing. At least the family could re-sell the system to someone else to gain a little bit of money out of this tragic event.

It's not much, but considering how huge-balls-out-insane funeral expenses are now, it's something.

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Yeah, I have to agree on that end. But ugh, so freaking tasteless and inhumane. Makes me sick thinking about it.

Well your mom signed a waiver so fuck you, but here's the system she won. I guess you could sell it to, you know... bury your mom.

Ugh.

I agree that they definately should get something, but I dunno maybe the monitary value of the system or something else? I dunno, situation sucks all around.

Poor kids.

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http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews...ws/16483457.htm

I really don't see why any of this is newsworthy. The mother took the risks, it's not like the radiostation put a gun to her head and made her take part in the contest. She signed a release form. She took part in something that everyone should already know is pretty dangerous.

If I was asked to cover this story I would ask my news manager if he was joking.

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