A 19-year-old drank two cans of Monster energy drink every day for three years, including the day he died last year from cardiac arrhythmia. Now, his mother is suing Monster Beverage Corp., alleging that he wouldn’t have died if he didn’t habitually gulp the drinks.
It’s the second wrongful death suit against Monster Beverage: Another family sued the company last year when a 14-year-old girl died after drinking 48 ounces of the beverage.
“Our allegations in the lawsuits are the same and that’s the peoples deaths were caused by these energy drinks and, more specifically, the defendants failure to warn about the dangers,” Alexander Wheeler, an attorney representing the plaintiffs in both cases, told The Associated Press.
In that case, Monster Beverage Corp. said the girl died of natural causes, and that there wasn’t a blood test to determine how much caffeine she had in her body.
The Food and Drug Administration is looking into other reports of deaths with possible links to energy drinks, The AP reported. And San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera has also filed a lawsuit against Monster Beverage, alleging that the company markets its potentially dangerous-for-health drinks to children.
The American Medical Association made a statement last week in support of a ban on marketing energy drinks to children.
“Energy drinks contain massive and excessive amounts of caffeine that may lead to a host of health problems in young people, including heart problems, and banning companies from marketing these products to adolescents is a common sense action that we can take to protect the health of American kids,” Dr. Alexander Ding, an AMA board member, said in a statement.