Healthy South Carolina teen dies of heart problems after too much caffeine

Watts did not specify which energy drinks were consumed, but in general, a 24-ounce energy drink can contain as much as 500 milligrams of caffeine.

The teen consumed three caffeine-laced drinks - a cafe latte, large Diet Mountain Dew and an energy drink - in a two-hour period before collapsing in his classroom at Spring Hill High School on April 26, Watts said. He collapsed at 2:30 p.m. and was pronounced dead at 3:40 p.m.

A caffeine overdose killed a SC teenager last month, the Richland County coroner said Monday. The coroner said, simply, "it was so much caffeine at the time of his death, that is caused his arrhythmia". Of course, when an otherwise seemingly healthy teen suddenly dies, people often assume that drugs were involved.

At a press conference Monday, Cripe's father said he hopes parents will talk to their kids about consuming energy drinks.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts told WLTX 19, "We lost Davis from a totally legal substance".

So what exactly did Davis consume that led to his death?

Watts said Cripe was considered a healthy teenager and did not have an undiagnosed heart condition.

For example, while plain coffee is rich in antioxidants which reduce the harmful effects of caffeine, creative coffee concoctions like a café latte or energy drinks, which have artificial sweeteners, elevated sugar content and other stimulants can pose health threats.

Davis had consumed the Café Latte at 12.30 p.m., followed nearly immediately by the next two drinks. But it wasn't a auto crash that took his life. "Instead, it was an energy drink", Cripe said, according to NBC News. And teenagers and students- please stop buying them. "I think that for most of us the amount that we can have is already more than enough, as our default state is already quite stressed, while pregnant women and people under 18 should have even less".

Watts says like many, Cripe was doing something he thought was totally harmless.

"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. But what we want to do is to make people understand that these drinks - this amount of caffeine, how it's ingested, can have dire consequences.

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