By now you’ve probably heard about the woman who died from water intoxication after participating in a morning radio show contest, but if you haven’t then here’s the summary:
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.”
I guess the danger of water intoxication is still largely unknown by the general population, so I didn’t really think too much about this news item when I first read it.
Then I came across this audio excerpt from the morning show wherein the DJs are warned about the danger and admit they know it’s a possibility, but they laugh it off as not being a problem because they think the participants will throw up long before they’d die of water intoxication. They then proceed to joke about how they got the contestants to sign wavers so if they die “it’s not our fault.”
Fortunately the radio station isn’t taking this lightly as they’ve canceled the morning show and fired everyone involved with the contest:
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A radio station fired three morning disc jockeys and seven other employees Tuesday after a woman died from drinking nearly two gallons of water in a contest.
The hosts of KDND-FM’s “Morning Rave” were fired a day after the station announced it was suspending the show and investigating the death of 28-year-old Jennifer Lea Strange.
John Geary, vice president and general manager of KDND’s parent company, Entercom/Sacramento, announced that 10 employees were fired.
As it turns out Strange may have drunk over two gallons of water as part of the contest. She was one of two people left at the end and she ended up accepting a consolation prize of tickets to a Justin Timberlake concert when she could no longer handle the increasing symptoms she was experiencing. The DJs are lucky the winner wasn’t killed as well. No word yet on if any civil or criminal charges will be filed against those responsible.