Another death that has been blamed on the popular Red Bull energy drink
is at the center of a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the drink maker.
A 33-year-old father died during a basketball game after consuming the
highly caffeinated beverage, according to
The New York Daily News. His family blames the energy drink maker in its products liability lawsuit.
The man, according to his grandmother, was a healthy, active, construction
worker who never smoked and who was the father of a 13-year-old boy. He
enjoyed his Red Bull and was, according to his grandmother, an avid drinker
of the product. "He drank that stuff all the time. He said it perked
him up," she told
The Daily News.
According to records, the man was playing basketball at a gym on the night
of November 8, 2011. He drank a can of Red Bull after about 45 minutes
of play, felt lightheaded, and collapsed. His cause of death, reported
The Daily News, is listed as idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). In other words, his
heart stopped. DCM may be caused by a number of issues; however, the medic's
report noted the consumption of Red Bull prior to the man's death.
The complaint indicates that nine deaths, globally, have been tied to Red
Bull and also note that research has found that the drink is associated
with potential health issues, specifically for teens and people of all
ages who exercise, according to
The Daily News. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received 21 reports from physicians
or hospitals between 2004 and 2012 that tied Red Bull with a broad array
of reactions such as fatigue, dizziness, and chest pain, to name just
a few, according to records. Previously, the agency confirmed 28 deaths
that were suspected to have been associated with energy drinks and, according
to a 2009 federal study, some 13,000 emergency room visits were blamed
on the drinks.
Dr. Daniel Fabricant, director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs
at the FDA, told
The Daily Newsthat research is underway concerning the heavily caffeinated beverages.
"If we find that something is dangerous to consumers, we'll certainly
take action," he said. To date, no warnings have been issued by the agency.
Red Bull asserts that their energy drink "provides no more energy
than a cup of coffee or a caffeine pill," according to
Science World Report. The deceased man's family's attorney argues that Red Bull contains
more stimulants than a typical cup of coffee, rendering the beverage more
dangerous than what Red Bull advertises, according to
The Daily News. Meanwhile, a 2011 study published in the journal
Pediatrics notes that the large caffeine consumption seen in Red Bull and other energy
drinks has been tied to responses that include seizures, mania, stroke,
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Oren Yaniv; October 28, 2013; http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn-man-killed-red-bull-85-million-suit-article-1.1498452
Business Insider; Erin Fuchs; October 28, 2013; Red Bull Sued For $85 Million After The
Energy Drink Allegedly Killed A Brooklyn Father; http://www.businessinsider.com/family-of-cory-terry-sues-2013-10
Science World Report; Brooklyn Man Allegedly Killed from Drinking Red Bull: Family Files $85
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