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July 11, 2013
Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to DJs in radio station's fatal water-drinking contest?

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QUESTION: What happened to the DJs and radio station that had the contest "don't wee to win a Wii," or something like that?
Submitted by: Lynn, Sacramento

ANSWER: The five on-air personalities on the "Morning Rave" radio show and five other employees of The End (KDND, 107.9) were fired amid public outrage after a 28-year-old Rancho Cordova woman died following her participation in the station contest.

According to a story in The Bee, Jennifer Lea Strange, a mother of three children, drank nearly two gallons of water in the "Hold Your Wee for a WII" contest in January 2007 at the radio station's Madison Avenue office. Coroner's officials ruled that her death was consistent with water intoxication.

The object of the contest to win a video game system was to drink as much water as possible without urinating. Strange was the runner-up among 20 contestants.

A Sacramento County jury in October 2009 awarded Strange's family $16,577,118 in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Entercom Sacramento LLC on behalf of Strange's survivors.

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