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Davis Allen Cripe, 16, dies of caffeine overdose after consuming soda, coffee, energy drink in Richland County, South Carolina

Modified Date: 
Tue, 05/16/2017 - 5:48am
Accident Date: 
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Caffeine overdose kills teen after too much soda, coffee, energy drink

A 12-ounce bottle of Mountain Dew contains 54 milligrams of caffeine. 

While McDonald’s doesn’t currently report the amount of caffeine in their coffee, Caffeine Informer estimated a large, 21-24-ounce McDonald’s latte contains 178 milligrams of caffeine.

Watts did not specify which energy drinks were consumed, but in general, a 24-ounce energy drink can contain as much as 500 milligrams of caffeine.

Caffeine Overdose Killed South Carolina Teen, Coroner Rules

"The autopsy was performed and there was nothing there to indicate any type of ... undiagnosed heart condition," he said.

He said a medical examiner and a forensic toxicologist both examined Cripe. "Based on his weight, the intake of caffeine that he had exceeded what is considered a safe level," Watts told NBC News.

People Involved: 
Davis Allen Cripe

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