On Monday, Gary Watts, the coroner of Richland County, South Carolina, revealed that the South Carolina teenager died because he drank highly caffeinated drinks too quickly. He died about an hour after collapsing in a high school near Columbia, South Carolina.
The coroner revealed that it was likely that caffeine would not have been seen as a factor in his death if it had not been for witnesses who could tell officials what Davis had to drink before he collapsed during class. Physicians confirmed Davis died from a caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia.
"This is not a caffeine overdose," Mr Watts said. "We're not saying that it was the total amount of caffeine in the system, it was just the way that it was ingested over that short period of time, and the chugging of the energy drink at the end was what the issue was with the cardiac arrhythmia. We're not trying to speak out totally against caffeine. We believe people need to pay attention to their caffeine intake and how they do it, just as they do with alcohol or cigarettes."