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Doctor warns of dangers of too much caffeine after teen dies

EASTON, Pa. - Doctors say a South Carolina teenager's death should be a warning to parents to monitor their teen's caffeine intake.

Davis Cripes, 16, collapsed and died in a high school classroom in Columbia, South Carolina after consuming several caffeinated beverages in a short amount of time.

Friends and family said Cripes drank a latte, diet mountain dew, and an energy drink, which the coroner said led to a caffeine-induced cardiac event.

"It's hard to say how much can be too much for a kid," said Dr. Gary Wright, medical director at Patient First in Easton.

Wright said not everyone who overdoses on caffeine dies, but the symptoms sometimes send people to a doctor.

"You'll start getting anxious, headaches, abdominal pain," he said.

Wright said the maximum amount of caffeine recommended for a healthy adult is 400 milligrams or about four cups of coffee per day.

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