South Carolina Teen Dies of Caffeine Overdose

Gabrielle Gautier, Staff Reporter

In today’s society, nearly everyone’s addicted to caffeine. Most people have their favorite energy drink, some can’t even start their day without a morning coffee. But 16-year old Davis Cripe ingested so much caffeine, he had to be admitted to the hospital due to  a “cardiac event.”

April 26th, at 3:30  in the afternoon, Cripe was announced dead after he consumed a latte from McDonald’s, a large amount of Mountain Dew, and an energy drink. All of those beverages were consumed in one morning, before lunch.

Two hours after he finished all of his drinks, the South Carolina teen stated that he felt lightheaded during his art class, and shortly after he had collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. It was only after he died when the coroner discovered what had gone wrong.

According to the coroner, the amount of the caffeine he ingested in such a short period of time caused his arrhythmia. Arrhythmia, the medical term for an irregular heartbeat, can normally be treated under normal circumstances, however, due to Cripe’s size and weight caused nearly immediate results.

During an interview, the victim’s father, Sean Cripe, said that he was more worried about his son getting involved in a car accident, rather than a caffeine induced heart condition, considering he was just reaching the driving age.

The father also said that his son was “a good kid,” and “he never got mixed up in anything bad.”

The younger Cripe did apparently dabble in making music (but the YouTube video that comes up under his name has not been confirmed).  The handful of comments is particularly sad.

A 16 oz bottle of Mountain Dew has about 72 mg of caffeine in it. The specific type of energy drink Cripe drank is unknown, but the average amount of caffeine in an energy drink is 74 mg. While the McCafe latte he had contains around 142 mg. All together that’s 288 mg in one morning. The daily (as in WHOLE DAY) caffeine intake for adults is recommended to be 300 mg or less.

Caffeine is inescapable these days, you can even find it in some common medicines (like Excedrin). That doesn’t make it safe to consume in mass quantities.