Healthy teen dies of heart problems after too much caffeine

Posted May 15
Updated May 16

— A coroner says a healthy 16-year-old South Carolina high school student died from heart problems after drinking too much caffeine.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Monday that Davis Cripe had no pre-existing heart condition that might have caused him to collapse and die in a classroom last month.

Watts says Cripe drank a large Mountain Dew, a latte from McDonald's 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.

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


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  • Edward Anderson May 16, 1:24 p.m.
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    Nonono! We do NOT need more government regulations! We have too many regulations already where if people actually used a little common sense, these types of tragic events would not occur. Do you know if you drink too much water, it will kill you? Should we regulate water next?

  • Maggie Trevillian May 16, 12:17 p.m.
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    This is so sad. Need more regulation on these drinks.

  • Brian Gaertner May 16, 11:53 a.m.
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    My condolences to the family of this young man. However, I do have a hard time wrapping my head around the coroner's findings that the kid had nothing wrong prior to having 3 caffeinated drinks in a short period of time.