A 16-year-old South Carolina teen died after intaking an excessive amount of caffeine, the coroner ruled on Monday.
Davis Allen Cripe collapsed at Spring Hill High School on April 26 and died at the hospital. Cripe had consumed a large diet Mountain Dew, a latte and an energy drink before his heart “fell out of rhythm,” according to the Associated Press.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said “We lost Davis from a totally legal substance.”
Watts said the final cause of death was determined to be due to a caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia.
“You can have five people line up and all of them do the exact same thing with him that day, drink more, and it may not have effect on them at all,” Watts said. “It’s not something that just because you drink one drink or three drinks is necessarily going to have this effect on.”
Sean Cripe, Davis’ father, also made an announcement.
“Davis was a great kid, and being his parent was a great honor to Heidi [his mother] and me,” he said. “I stand here, a brokenhearted father and hope that something good can come from this.”
“Parents, please, talk to your kids about the dangers of these energy drinks,” he continued. “And teenagers and students, please stop buying them.”
So, caffeine can kill. An item of information we should all keep in the back of our minds. It appears that Davis consumed too many caffeinated drinks in a short period of time. A warning to your kids is a very good idea.
And what about you coffee drinkers out there? How much caffeine a day should you consume?? The amount of caffeine the healthy adult can safely consume a day is up to 400mg and the normal amount of  caffeine in a 12-ounce coffee cup is approximately 90 to 120mg.
But one 12-ounce 'tall' or small cup of Starbucks actually has as much as 260mg of caffeine per cup, Business Insider reports. You may be surprised to learn that a single 8-ounce can of Redbull contains 80mg of caffeine, which is significantly less than coffee.
An average cup of black tea contains 67mg of caffeine - less than coffee, but still quite a lot. If you rely on espresso shots throughout the day to get by, you might want to cut down as each shot contains 71mg of caffeine.
Although it might not seem a lot, it will add up, the Mayo clinic warns. It is a good idea to check the labels on canned or bottled energy drinks or sodas, especially if your kids are gulping them down like water this summer.  And keep in mind that caffeine can make your kids a little hyper or restless and unable to sleep.
Sometimes it seems that everything we like is bad for us. But life is too short to live on broccoli, bean sprouts and water. Mmmmm! love that aroma of coffee in the morning. It's the main motivator to get up and get going.