The first Wii death was confirmed over the weekend, and no, it was not some Nintendo-nerd dropping over dead because Twilight Princess was just too awesome for him to handle.
The unfortunate victim, 28-year-old Jennifer Strange, died after appearing on a morning radio show on aptly named Sacramento station The End (KDND 107.9). She was booked to appear on a no-doubt hilarious segment called "Hold Your Wee For A Wii," in which contestants compete to see who can drink the most water without voiding their bulging bladders. The winner, as you might guess, was to receive a Nintendo Wii.
Strange was apparently a fierce competitor; she drank so much that, later in the day, she keeled over from water intoxication, an autopsy confirmed.
A co-worker made this statement: "She said...she was on her way home and her head was hurting her real bad. She was crying and that was the last that anyone had heard from her."
The show was taken off the air, and the station offered this statement:
"All of you are probably aware of the tragic death of a contestant, Jennifer Strange, following her participation in a contest on the Morning Rave last Friday.
First and foremost, our thoughts and sympathies go out to Jennifer's family and loved ones.
I also want to assure you that 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."
How utterly retarded do you have to be to not know that you shouldn't hold a water drinking contest? There was an entire radio station full of ostensibly intelligent people, and not one person bothered to be like, "Hey, um, guys, people could die from this contest. Sure, the Wii is pretty cool, but maybe we should call it off?" The time has come for our nation to put an end to morning zoo style radio programs once and for all.
Anti-videogame activists have not blamed Grand Theft Auto for the tragedy yet. But many imaginary people feel Strange was strongly influnenced by that game you play at the carnival where you squirt water in a clown's mouth, and that may have contributed to the tragedy.