London Marathon runner died after using banned supplement
LONDON (AP) - A coroner says a London Marathon runner whose death touched hearts globally and inspired more than US$1 million (S$1.23 million) in donations, had taken a dietary supplement which may have contributed to her heart failure.
Claire Squires collapsed near Buckingham Palace last April near the end of the marathon, which she was running to raise money for an organisation that helps prevent suicides.
At an inquest on Wednesday, her boyfriend Simon van Herrewege said the 30-year-old runner's water bottle included a scoop of the supplement Jack3D, which contains a stimulant called DMAA or dimethylamylamine.
Coroner Dr Philip Barlow says DMAA "on the balance of probabilities, in combination with extreme physical exertion, caused acute cardiac failure, which resulted in her death".