16 year old Davis Cripe died April 26th at Spring Hill High School. The Richland County Coroner Gary Watts released his report today and says the boy died from an excess of caffeine in his system.
Watts says Cripe drank a number of caffeinated drinks on the 26th, including a large diet Mountain Dew, a cafe latte, and also some kind of energy drink which led to a heart attack.
"We lost Davis from a totally legal substance," Watts said. Davis's dad Sean said "I stand before you as 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. And teenagers and students, please stop buying them. There's no reason to consume them they can be very dangerous."
The brokenhearted dad continued "Davis was a great kid, and being his parent was a great honor to Heidi [his mother] and me."