October 29, 2013 — The New York Daily News reports that the family of a Brooklyn man have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Red Bull. Cory Terry, 33, died of a heart attack during a basketball game shortly after drinking a Red Bull energy drink. His family has filed an energy drink lawsuit for $85 million.
Terry’s grandmother, Patricia Terry, said that he was a construction worker who was healthy, active, did not smoke, and drank Red Bull regularly. His official cause of death was idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, which means that his heart simply stopped. The medical report referred to his consumption of Red Bull shortly before the heart attack.
The lawsuit alleges that Red Bull has been linked to at least nine deaths. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has linked Red Bull to at least 21 reports of health problems between 2004 and 2012, including chest pain, dizziness, and fatigue. The FDA also warned that at least four deaths have been linked to Monster Energy Drinks and 13 deaths have been linked to 5 Hour Energy Shots.
Other energy drink manufacturers have also come under intense scrutiny following deaths linked to their products. In 2012, a lawsuit was filed against Monster Energy on behalf of a 14 year-old girl who died of a cardiac arrest after drinking two 24-ounce Monster energy drinks in a 24-hour period.
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