Too much caffeine caused heart problems that killed SC teen, coroner says

A 16-year-old South Carolina high school student who collapsed and died in a classroom had heart problems caused by drinking too much caffeine, a coroner said Monday.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said at a news conference that Davis Cripe drank a large Mountain Dew, a latte from McDonalds and an energy drink in the two hours before his heart fell out of rhythm at Spring Hill High School near Chapin on April 26.

Cripe had no pre-existing heart condition that might have caused him to die, Watts said.

Watts said parents need to know that while a soda or a cup of coffee is OK, large amounts of caffeine can be deadly.

Cripe’s father said he was a good son who would never touch alcohol or drugs and he hopes the teen’s death will save other lives by showing the dangers of excessive caffeine.

Associated Press