Suit: Red Bull Killed Healthy Man
Cory Terry died of a heart attack after downing energy drink
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2013 2:30 PM CDT
In this photo taken Wednesday Sept. 28, 2011, a student's can of Red Bull energy drink is seen on a table at the student union building at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH.   (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)

(Newser) – Cory Terry, 33, had been playing basketball for about 45 minutes on Nov. 8, 2011, when he drank a can of Red Bull—and then felt lightheaded, collapsed, and died of a heart attack. An autopsy found his cause of death was idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, which can be caused by any number of things. But the medic's report did note the energy drink, and Terry's grandmother says the New York man was otherwise healthy. Now the family is suing the energy drink maker for $85 million, claiming the Red Bull killed him, the New York Daily News reports.

Terry "drank that stuff all the time," his grandmother says. "He said it perked him up." But, the family's lawyer contends, the beverage contains "extra stimulants that make it different than a cup of coffee," and it is "more dangerous than what Red Bull lets on." While the FDA says 18 deaths are suspected to be linked to energy drinks, and many more health issues have also been attributed to the beverages, this is believed to be the first wrongful death lawsuit filed against Red Bull.

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TheJman
Oct 29, 2013 10:54 PM CDT
How do I get a can to Obama?
noteven
Oct 29, 2013 9:12 PM CDT
Confession: I drink two sugar-free Red Bulls each and every day of the work week. One to rev me up for work, and another to stay awake at the end of the day long enough to get stuff done at home. I like everything about them - in addition to the boost I get, I like the taste, and even the smell. I am beginning to wonder if the stuff is made with crack :(
slammer
Oct 29, 2013 9:06 PM CDT
had one no fun!