Liquorice contains large amounts of glycyrrhizic acid which can cause could cause hypertension, hypokalemia, metabolic alkalosis, fatal arrhythmias, and renal failure, all of which were seen in the patient.
He had recently switched from red to black liquorice which may have added to the problem. In short, large amounts of candy are not meant to be consumed as the human body is not well equipped to process large amounts of refined sugar.
You can find our more about this case in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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