Posted: 10:55 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013
By Rick Couri
The suit by Cory Terry’s family claims drinking Red Bull caused him to suffer idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. Put more simply, he died of a heart attack.
Terry had been playing basketball with friends when he grabbed a Red Bull and downed it. Minutes later he complained of feeling lightheaded, then fell to the ground and died.
Medical reports mention Cory had the drink but stop short of listing it as a cause of death.
Terry’s grandmother disagrees saying he was a very healthy, non-smoking 33 year old who "drank that stuff all the time, he said it perked him up."
Now The New York Daily News reports the family wants Red Bull to pay $85 million saying the energy drink is "more dangerous than what Red Bull lets on."
The FDA admits there have been 18 deaths that were in some way tied to energy drinks. They also point out there are other health issues at play, like dental problems.
But the agencies director of Dietary Supplement Programs, Dr. Daniel Fabricant, points out work is underway to find out more.
“If we find that something is dangerous to consumers, we’ll certainly take action,” he noted.