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Coroner: Teen had healthy heart before caffeine

Debra Rodriguez | 16 May, 2017, 07:46

A SC coroner is warning about the dangers of excessive caffeine consumption after a 16-year-old student was pronounced dead from a caffeine overdose.

'Davis was a great kid, and being his parent was a great honor to Heidi [his mother] and me, ' Sean Cripe said, according to WLTX.

The official cause of death for Davis Allen Cripe was a "caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia", said Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.

Coroner Gary Watts said Cripe had a Mountain Dew, a latte and an energy drink the day he collapsed at the school. Download the ABC Columbia News App for your iPhone or Android phone and tablet. And teenagers and students, please stop buying them.

"A cup of coffee, a can of soda isn't going to cause this thing", said Dr. Amy Durso, deputy chief medical examiner for Richland County.

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Among those at the news conference Monday was the teen's father, Sean Cripe.

Davis' autopsy showed no undiagnosed heart conditions and that Davis was healthy and had no conditions that could have triggered by the caffeine intake. Based on Cripe's weight, Watts says the amount of caffeine consumed was above what is considered a "safe limit". Rather, the coroner says the teens death was entirely attributed to the excessive consumption of caffeine which lead to heart arrhythmia and ultimately death. Instead, it was an energy drink. "These drinks can be very risky".

"Davis, like so many other kids and so many other people out there today, was doing something (he) thought was totally harmless, and that was ingesting lots of caffeine", Watts said.

However, the site goes on to state people with pre-existing conditions are more susceptible to potential complications from too much caffeine, and references three incidents of "death by energy drink". "I'm telling my friends and family don't drink them".

He echoed Watts' call for people to avoid highly caffeinated drinks.

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