Monster Energy drink linked to death of teen, 4 others in lawsuit

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That the food and drug administration is saying five people may have died over the past three years after drinking monster energy.

According to the New York Times, the incident reports were recently obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Wendy Crossland, a mother of a 14-year-old Maryland girl who died in December 2011 from a heart arrhythmia after drinking large cans of Monster Energy over two consecutive days.

Crossland has filed a lawsuit in California, saying that Monster Energy does not properly warn its customers that its drinks contain a caffeine level that is equal to 14 cans of 12-ounce Coca-Cola.

A Monster Energy spokesperson said last week that its products were safe and not the cause of the teen’s death. An FDA spokeswoman said the agency received reports of five deaths possibly linked to the drink since 2009.

These reports do not prove a link between Monster Energy and the deaths or health problems, and they do not make clear whether the incidents involved other factors like alcohol or drugs.

Monster Energy did not immediately respond to a request by the Times for a comment on the FDA filings.