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    Thursday, May 11, 2006

    Long Fast


    A devout Christian has died while undertaking a religious fast during which she only drank water.

    Rosaline Gilbert, 34, died 23 days into the 40-day fast.

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    Her sister said: "She was very religious and she used to say she was a child of God. She was not any particular Christian denomination but was strong in her beliefs."

    Asker Jeukendrup, a nutritionist at the University of Birmingham, said it was unlikely that 23 days of starvation would kill a healthy and average-weight person. But the longer the body went without food the more vulnerable it became to illness.

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