Excessive caffeine intake allegedly caused the untimely death of a teenager in South Carolina, USA.
According to reports, the high school student found it out the hard way, as he passed away after consuming excessive caffeine, an energy-inducing substance.
Based on reports, the 16-year old teen Davis Allen Cripe was rushed to Palmetto Health Parkridge Hospital after collapsing inside a classroom last April 26.
After being examined by Richland County Coroner Gary Watts, the teen died due to a cardiac event caused by the excessive caffeine amount in his body.
“We lost Davis from a totally legal substance,” Watts was quoted as saying in the report. “It was so much caffeine at the time of his death, that it caused his arrhythmia. These drinks can be very dangerous.”
Two hours prior to losing his consciousness, Cripe reportedly consumed a large diet Mountain Dew, a cafe latte from McDonald’s and some kind of energy drink—which triggered arrhythmia or an irregular heartbeat.
Surprisingly, Watts added that Cripe had no signs of any “unfounded” or “undiagnosed heart condition” whatsoever.
Furthermore, pathologist explained that a cup of caffeine or soda is highly unlikely to cause a cardiac episode. But the teens’ decision to consume excessive caffeine in a short period of time might have played a huge factor.
Meanwhile, if consumed in regulated moderation, caffeine is considered as the world’s most used psychoactive drug due to its ability to alter brain functions such as perception, mode, consciousness and even behavior.