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Monster Energy Blamed For Deaths


Five people died and one person had a non-fatal heart attack — and all incidents have been blamed on Monster Energy drinks for totally messing people’s systems up.

With incidents dating all the way back to 2004, the FDA is looking into whether or not Monster Energy is totally too much for you to handle, man.

Reports claim that Monster has insufficiently warned consumers about Monster Energy Drink, which can have seven times the caffeine of  a normal 12-ounce can of Coke. Which, Coke tends to have more caffeine than a cup of coffee. Really, we’re loading up on caffeine.

Yes, I do partake. I just had a similar Rockstar and I’m currently vibrating at a frequency only dogs can perceive. My fellow SourceFeders saw me with a can and gasped that “I would die.” I told them I don’t give no Fs.

I’m going to the hospital later today.

Anyway, the investigation started after a lawsuit was filed in Riverside, CA, for the wrongful death of a 14-year old girl who drank two 24-ounce cans of Monster Energy Drink in a 24 hour period. Which, why.

The girl died of cardiac arrhythmia but medical examiners also found an inherited disorder that can weaken blood vessels. The parents say Monster failed to properly warn consumers about their products.

Monster does say that it’s a “killer energy brew” on their website, which I suppose one can look at as more of a warning than a selling point. The company said last week that it is “unaware of any fatality anywhere that has been caused by its drinks.”Aside from motivating young enterprising souls from maybe driving their ATV off a ramp and into a ravine. I have no evidence of this, but I believe someone somewhere did such a thing and drank Monster beforehand.

I claim it as an educated guess.

The FDA caps the caffeine in soda, but does no such thing for energy drinks, which one should probably do. They stepped in earlier for malt beverages, when Four Loko was told they would have to reformulate their awful, awful beverage to lower the caffeine content.

Before that happened, my friends and I began a series of escalating dares that ended in Edward Four Loko Hands night. One might consider that a collective suicide attempt the likes of which haven’t been seen since Heaven’s Gate.

Anyway, the FDA’s looking into it and the lawsuit is pending. We’ll let you know if anything shakes out there.

Question: Is Monster liable for incidents involving their drinks?