Sunday, June 1, 2008

Vitamin Water Killed My Friend

Santa Fe New Mexican [NM]
29 May 2008

Mysterious death triggers rumors

Jason Auslander

Though Internet rumors state otherwise, the brother of a Tierra Amarilla woman who died under mysterious circumstances a week ago said Thursday he doesn't think a popular bottled beverage is to blame.

"Honestly, I don't think the water did this to her," Christian Lopez said of his sister, Paula, who died at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. "We don't know what killed her."

Someone, however, thinks they have the answer.

A well-circulated e-mail message - titled "Vitamin Water killed my friend" - claims Christian Lopez, who is a detective with the Espanola Police Department, investigated his sister's death and found a poisonous ingredient in anti-freeze was discovered in both Paula Lopez's body and the Vitamin Water she'd been drinking. Further, the e-mail message alleges that unopened bottles of the beverage found in Paula Lopez's refrigerator also contained the poison.

"That e-mail is wrong," Christian Lopez said Thursday. "We didn't find anything in her refrigerator. There's not even a criminal investigation on her." [...]