A 16-year-old boy who collapsed and died at school in South Carolina last month was killed by a cardiac event brought on by drinking too much caffeine, a coroner has concluded.Davis Allen Cripe, a student, thought that loading up on energy-packed drinks would be harmless, but coroners say that the caffeine was the cause of his death.
Medical personnel were alerted when Cripe collapsed
On April 26th, Davis Allen Cripe died in a hospital after collapsing in a classroom at Spring Hill High School in Chapin. Doctors ruled that a “caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia” was the reason he had died.
The specifics of what he drank seem harmless enough
“Davis, on this particular day within the two hours prior to his death, had consumed a large diet Mountain Dew, a cafe latte from McDonald’s, and also some type of energy drink,” coroner Gary Watts said at a press conference. “It was so much caffeine at the time of his death that it caused arrhythmia,” Watts sad, referring to a condition marked by an irregular heartbeat.
The energy drink brand was not identified
But, as Watts stated, the primary cause of the adverse health effects was that Davis had chugged the energy drink only 15 minutes before passing out. “That was the biggest issue, how he consumed that energy drink,” Watts said.
Davis did not use drugs or drink
Additionally, the autopsy did not show any underlying health conditions that could have caused his death. He did, however, exceed safe caffeine consumption standards for his weight. ‘For healthy adults, the FDA has said that 400 milligrams of caffeine — about four to five cups of coffee — is an amount “not generally associated with dangerous, negative effects.”‘
Everything in moderation
‘Watts told BuzzFeed News that while this is “obviously something that doesn’t happen often,” it could “certainly be a possibility for anyone, especially if they have a sensitivity to caffeine and depending on how they drink it.” “I think time was an important factor, but also it was the so-called perfect storm that occurred that day,” Watts said.
“I stand before you as a brokenhearted father and hope that something good can come from this,” said father Sean Cripe.