A 28-year-old mother of three, died last week after drinking more than two liters of water for a California radio station's "Hold your Wee for a Wii" contest, the Sacramento Bee reported. The purpose of the contest was apparently to see how much water contestants could drink without going to the bathroom.
According to the AP, two people that competed with the woman said they were never warned they were putting their health at risk. For the details on this tragic story, read more
The woman who died was one of about 18 participants who tried to win a Nintendo Wii gaming console early Friday. She was found dead several hours later, and the Sacramento County coroner said she died of water intoxication. The AP said that during the contest, participants were given two minutes to drink an 8-ounce bottle of water and then given another bottle to drink after a 10-minute break.
While we love the Wii, we can only frown on a radio station for using such inhumane tactics. This is a truly devastating story.