Deadly drink: Teen suffered cardiac event due to caffeine

Barsaba Taglieri
Mag 17, 2017

Assuming Cripe drank a large latte and energy drink, in addition to the large Mountain Dew, he would have had about 434mg.

Too much caffeine really can kill a person.

"This is what's risky about this", Watts said.

"We lost Davis from a totally legal substance", Watts said. During an arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm, the heart may not be able to pump enough blood to the body, and lack of blood flow affects the brain, heart and other organs. While the cause of death was originally unknown, coroner Gary Watts has officially ruled the teen died from a caffeine-induced cardiac event.

A risky combination of caffeinated beverages ultimately led to the death of a SC teen, according to a medical examiner.

According to the coroner, Cripe had consumed a large diet Mountain Dew, a cafe latte from McDonald's and some kind of energy drink in the span of two hours.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said, "What we want to do here today is to make people understand that these drinks - this amount of caffeine, how it's ingested - can have dire consequences".

Davis Cripe's father says his heart is broken but he hopes parents will talk to their kids about consuming energy drinks.

"We believe people need to pay attention to their caffeine intake and how they do it, just as they do with alcohol or cigarettes".

Cripe's father said he hopes his son's death will save other lives by showing the dangers of excessive caffeine consumption, the AP reported.

According to Reuters news agency, the Mayo Clinic's advice is that up to 400 milligrams of caffeine a day is safe for most adults.

"You know, a cup of coffee, a can of soda, isn't going to cause this sort of thing", said Richland County Deputy Chief Pathologist, Amy Durso, MD.

Caffeine is a stimulant that can improve alertness and mood. Too much caffeine can cause mild symptoms such as shaky hands and an upset stomach.

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