A family in United States is suing Red Bull for $85million following the death of a father-of-one who died from a heart attack after downing the soft drink.
Cory Terry, 33, from Brooklyn, consumed the caffeine-based drink after playing basketball at Stephen Decatur Middle School in Brooklyn on November 8, 2011.
Records show Mr. Terry, who was father to a 13-year-old boy, drank the can 45 minutes after playing the sport. He then collapsed and died.
His cause of death was idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy which meant his heart stopped.
According to New York Daily News, Mr. Terry’s relatives are blaming the company which makes the energy boosting beverage for his death.
His grandmother Patricia Terry said her grandson drank Red Bull all the time.
It would be recalled that in 2008 scientists said just one can of Red Bull could raise the risk of heart attack or a stroke.
The study on university students found that drinking one 250ml can of even the sugar-free version, which has the slogan ‘gives you wings’, increased the ‘stickiness of the blood and raised the risk of life-threatening clots.
Researcher Dr. Scott Willoughby said: ‘One hour after they drank Red Bull, (their blood systems) were no longer normal.
Dr. Willoughby, of the Cardiovascular Research Centre at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, said he was ‘alarmed’ at the results and would not drink Red Bull himself.
Those with underlying heart or circulatory problems should think twice before buying the caffeine-loaded drink, he said.
Formulated by the marketing director of an Austrian toothpaste company in the 1980s, one can contains 80 mg of caffeine, around the same as a cup of filter coffee, or two cups of instant.
However, cans do carry health warnings advising people not to drink more than two a day.