Authorities say South Carolina teen died from caffeine overdose
He had three specific caffeinated drinks in a two-hour period -- and now a South Carolina coroner is issuing a dire warning.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A coffee, soda and energy drink became a deadly combination for a South Carolina teenager.
Authorities say 16-year-old Davis Cripe died from a caffeine overdose. His classmates say he drank a McDonald's latte, a Diet Mountain Dew and an energy drink, all within two hours.
He later collapsed in a classroom and died. His death is listed as the result of a "caffeine-induced cardiac event."
"But what we want to do today is make people understand that these drinks, and this amount of caffeine, and how it's ingested, can have dire consequences -- and that's what happened in this case," said Richard County Coroner Gary Watts.
Doctors say many energy drinks contain not only caffeine, but significant amounts of other stimulants.
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