Caffeine killed him: South Carolina teen who died in classroom suffered ‘cardiac event’ due to latte, energy drink

"The purpose here today is not to slam Mountain Dew, not to slam cafe lattes, it’s not to slam energy drinks," Watts said.

Watts says parents need to know that while a soda or a cup of coffee is OK, large amounts of caffeine can be deadly.

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However, Health Canada has not developed "definitive advice" for teens 13 and older.

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But it wasn’t a car crash that took his life. "Like all parents, we worry about our kids as they grow up," he added. Instead, it was an energy drink. "We worry about their safety and health – especially once they start driving.

A coroner says a 16-year-old South Carolina high school student who collapsed and died in a classroom suffered a "cardiac event" caused by drinking too much caffeine.

That works out to roughly three, eight-ounce cups of coffee. Adults can consume up to 400 milligrams of caffeine per day without any adverse affects, according to Health Canada.

Cripe’s father says he was a good son who would never touch alcohol or drugs and he hopes the teen’s death will save other lives by showing the dangers of excessive caffeine.
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Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said at a news conference Monday that Davis Cripe drank a large Mountain Dew, a latte from McDonalds and an energy drink in the two hours before his heart fell out of rhythm at Spring Hill High School near Chapin on April 26.

-With files from AP

"I stand before you as a broken-hearted father and hope that something good can come from this," Sean Cripe told reporters.

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Davis Cripe suffered a cardiac event inside his classroom on April 26.


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"What we want to do here today is make people understand that these drinks, this amount of caffeine highly ingested, can have dire consequences."