Excessive caffeine led to death of teen, coroner says

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts say an excessive amount of caffeine ultimately led to the death of a Midlands high school student.

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says an excessive amount of caffeine ultimately led to the death of a Midlands high school student.

Watts updated the public Monday afternoon on the death of Davis Allen Cripe, 16. Cripe collapsed at Spring Hill High School back on April 26, and later died at the hospital.

Watts said the teen had consumed multiple caffeinated drinks that day, including a large diet Mountain Dew, a cafe latte, and also some kind of energy drink.

All that caffeine led to a cardiac event that killed Cripe. "We lost Davis from a  totally legal substance," Watts said.

"[Cripe] was totally against drugs, he was totally against alcohol," Watts added. "He didn't do any of that."

Watts says like many, Cripe was doing something he thought was totally harmless, but Watts said the drinks can be very dangerous.

He said he urges people not to consume them.

An initial autopsy done on the boy did not reveal the cause of death. Further tests were needed to reach the conclusion announced Monday.

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