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Drinks firm defends stimulant

The makers of an energy drink consumed by marathon runner Claire Squires before she died during the London Marathon have defended the use of a now-banned stimulant.

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Family pay tribute to the marathon runner Claire Squires

The family of a Claire Squires, who died from acute heart failure during the London Marathon after taking a performance-enhancing drug, have paid tribute to her.

They spoke after a coroner's inquest ruled that extreme exertion complicated by DMAA - which has been banned in Britain since August 2012 - led to Ms Squires death.

Claire Squire's boyfriend Simon van Herrewege pictured with her sister and partner reads a statement Credit: ITV News

Ms Squires, 30, had aimed to raise £500 for The Samaritans but after her death donations to her JustGiving page totalled more than £1m.

Claire Squire collapsed near the finish of the London Marathon Credit:

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