The Disinter blog reports on a theory that too much Diet Coke interfered with the late comic George Carlin’s heart condition/medication, leading to his death. Specifically, the alleged culprit is the aspartame in the Diet Coke:
“If Carlin’s death was related to aspartame then Carlin killed himself, not the other way around, by choosing to ingest the poison.”
This is based on a report by a Dr. Betty Martini which claims that the comedian was “addicted” to Diet Coke.
Aspartame has been blamed for a bunch of negative health conditions, including heart problems, cancer, and multiple sclerosis. As you can imagine, these claims are controversial.
So the question remains: did Diet Coke “kill” George Carlin?
First, we would have to have proof that Carlin indeed had a Diet Coke “addiction.”
Second, we’d have to see if there was any other substances that Carlin had ingested that might also have played a role.
Then, we’d have to look at the coroner’s report as well as the evidence supporting aspartame as a “poison.”
Me personally, I don’t like aspartame, don’t like artificial sweeteners. They make me nervous & headachey. So I’m definitely not pro-aspartame.
That said, we’d need a bit more proof to back up this particular conspiracy theory.