Excessive caffeine intake causes death of SC teen

Henrietta Strickland
May 22, 2017

Richland County Coroner, Gary Watts said that the reason behind the death of the Davis Allen Cripe was a "caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia".

"We lost Davis from a totally legal substance", he added. No drugs or alcohol were found in his system when he died. "He didn't do any of that".

Cripe's autopsy showed no undiagnosed heart conditions and that he was healthy and had no conditions that could have triggered by the caffeine intake. As to energy drinks, Watts says he is telling his friends and family not to drink them.

In his obituary, Cripe is described as an incredible son who "was larger than life and he did everything with great passion".

Sean Cripe, the boy's father, called for people to avoid caffeinated drinks.

Watts says the point of the news conference wasn't to "slam Mountain Dew. café lattes, or energy drinks", but to provide an example to other consumers about the dangers of ingesting too much caffeine at once.

Cripe's father, Sean Cripe, added, "It wasn't a auto crash that took his life". Others could have had just as much or more caffeine than Davis and suffered no serious problems, Watts said, according to USA Today.

Related: How dangeorus are energy drinks, really? People who have died from documented caffeine overdoses had irregular and rapid heart rates, seizures and sometimes choked on their own vomit. "It's the amount and also the time frame in which these caffeinated beverages are consumed that can put you at risk". Witnesses could not identify which energy drink Davis drank, but confirmed it was in a large soft drink can, Reuters reported.

Energy drinks can contain up to 240 milligrams of caffeine, according to a 2012 Consumer Reports study.

During the news conference, the elder Cripe urged parents to warn kids about energy drinks.

Health experts are warning students to be aware of their caffeine intake during exam season, following the death of a United States teenager.

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