Energy Drinks Blamed For 16-Year-Old's Death

| by Emily Smith

A 16-year-old girl vacationing with her friends in Mexico unexpectedly died over the weekend when she consumed one too many energy drinks and suffered a heart attack.

It is currently unclear what brand of energy drink Lanna Hamman, a star softball player and sophmore at Sunshine Mountain High School in Arizona, consumed during her summer getaway.

According to her friends, Hamman spent Saturday on the beach drinking energy drinks without any water. That night, Hamman complained to a friend’s father that she felt ill, and shortly after fell into cardiac arrest and died.

On Sunday, dozens of Hamman’s friends held a vigil in her honor.

Hamman’s mother admitted that the same thing could have happened in Arizona at her daughter’s home, but urged parents to keep an eye on their children anyway.

“[Watch] what they’re drinking and [make sure] they’re drinking water instead of an energy drink,” Mrs. Hamman advised.

On Tuesday, Hamman’s parents traveled across the border to Mexico to sign their daughter’s death certificate and bring her body back to the U.S., though complications with the girl's death certificate may hinder their plan.

Family friends have since launched an online fundraiser to raise the $13,000 needed to bring Hamman’s body home. Some even took to Twitter and used the hashtag BringLannaHome to raise awareness of the issue.

Unfortunately, Hamman was not the first to die from an energy drink. In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration launched an investigation into five deaths linked with energy drinks.

The investigation began after a 14-year-old girl died of cardiac arrhythmia caused by caffeine toxicity after consuming two Monster Energy drinks in 24 hours. The girl’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit following her death.

Sources: DailyMail, NY Daily News