Excessive caffeine led to death of teen, coroner says

Davis Cripe died when his heart fell out of rhythm at Spring Hill High School in Chapin, South Carolina, on April 26.

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.

While McDonald's doesn't now report the amount of caffeine in their coffee, Caffeine Informer estimated a large, 21-24-ounce McDonald's latte contains 178 milligrams of caffeine.

Too much caffeine caused the death of a 16-year-old high school student from SC who collapsed during class last month, according to the county coroner.

Cripe collapsed at Spring Hill High School back on April 26, and later died at the hospital.

Holding back tears, Sean Cripe implored parents to talk with their kids about the dangers of energy drinks and consuming too much caffeine.

"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". He added that Davis had "a previous history of drinking" caffeinated beverages but nothing that his family considered to be an addiction.

He also urged people to avoid highly caffeinated drinks.

An initial autopsy done on the boy did could not reveal the cause of death. "And that's what happened in this case".

The daily recommended limit for a healthy adult is 400mg of caffeine a day.

"It wasn't a vehicle crash that took his life", he said of his son.

A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association last month found energy drink consumers could be at higher risk of abnormal heart beats and risky changes in blood pressure. A large McDonald's latte reportedly contains approximately 178 mg of caffeine and energy drinks range from 72 to 111 mg of caffeine per serving. "Parents, please talk to your kids about these energy drinks".

It's not know what type of energy drink Davis consumed before he passed away.

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