KDND 'Morning Rave' Off-Air After Water-Drinking Contestant Dies
January 15, 2007 at 4:34 PM (PT)
According to an AP story and an accompanying story in the SACRAMENTO BEE (registration required), 28-year old JENNIFER STRANGE died of "water intoxication" following her participation in a "Hold Your Wee For A Wii" contest on FRIDAY morning (1/12) at ENTERCOM Top 40 KDND (107.9 THE END)/SACRAMENTO.
STRANGE was found dead in her suburban RANCHO CORDOVA home that afternoon after complaining to co-workers that her "head hurt" following the contest.
A preliminary autopsy "revealed no life-threatening medical conditions to explain [STRANGE's] sudden death" and initial findings were "consistent with a water intoxication death," according to a CORONER's OFFICE statement issued SATURDAY (1/13).
One of the participants in the contest, JAMES YBARRA, was quoted as saying, "They were small little half-pint bottles, so we thought it was going to be easy. They told us if you don't feel like you can do this, don't put your health at risk." YBARRA quit after drinking five bottles. "My bladder couldn't handle it anymore." He added that the remaining contestants, including STRANGE, were given even bigger bottles to drink.
SACRAMENTO SHERIFF's Sgt. TIM CURRAN, a department spokesman, said there would not be an investigation because "this is not a criminal matter."
Today (1/15) the station's website carried a statement from VP/GM JOHN GEARY that said, "The circumstances regarding this matter are being examined as thoroughly as possible. We are doing everything we can to deal with this difficult situation in a manner that is both respectful and responsible. In the interim, the MORNING RAVE is off the air indefinitely."