South Carolina high school student dies after drinking too much caffeine

Davis Allen Cripe, 16, collapsed at Spring Hill High School on April 26 and later died at a hospital. He added, "It was so much caffeine at the time of his death, that it caused his arrhythmia".

Although, as the coroner explained, caffeine will effect different people in different ways, according to the website Caffeine Informer, 300 - 400mg of caffeine is a healthy amount for most adults.

Watts says like many, Cripe was doing something he thought was totally harmless.

Watts noted that energy drinks can be very risky and urges people to stay away from them. As to energy drinks, Watts says he is telling his friends and family not to drink them.

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"He was a great kid, he didn't get mixed up in the wrong things - he loved music", his father, Sean Cripe, said.

The teen's father, Sean Cripe, said, "Like all parents, we worry about our kids as they grow up". "There are are obviously people that don't think this can happen - that you can have this arrhythmia caused by caffeine". There is a big push on caffeine these days, and it seems David Cripe drank three of the more popular caffeinated drinks that kids gravitate to today. "Instead, it was an energy drink", Cripe said, according to NBC News.

The caffeine content of energy drinks varies hugely depending on the brand.

Watts also told children to be careful of what they drink and the amount they consume because events can turn from safe to life-threatening in a matter of a few hours, giving the victim no time to react or seek help.

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Consuming large amounts of caffeine can cause heart-related problems including increased heart rate, increased blood pressure and irregular heart rhythm.

"It wasn't a auto crash that took his life", he said.

Calculations using caffeine database caffeineinformer.com suggest the student had consumed just under 500 milligrams of caffeine in the run up to his collapse. The study was conducted on healthy volunteers between 18 and 40, after seeing the popularity of energy drinks rise with emergency room visits and deaths.

"Caffeinated drinks, such as energy drinks, contain about 80mg of caffeine [and] will also have other stimulants, so it's important to take this in to consideration. And teenagers and students: please stop buying them.They can be very risky".

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