Death By Red Bull


Have people really died from too many Red Bull Energy Drinks?

We could find no documented cases of death by only Red Bull alone. But, does almost count?

Update: This just in. The first wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Red Bull.

Brooklyn Man’s Heart Stops After Drinking Red Bull

33-year-old Cory Terry died after he drank a Red Bull shortly after playing basketball. His family is suing Red Bull for 18 million dollars.

Mr. Terry was an avid Red Bull drinker and had been drinking them for many years. His mother claims that he was very healthy and that Red Bull was responsible for his death.

We have no idea how much caffeine he consumed that day, but one can of Red Bull is just 80mg of caffeine.  Src.

Man’s Heart Stops After 8 Red Bulls

Australian Matthew Penbross’s heart stopped after consuming 8 Red Bulls within 5 hours.

Fortunately, ambulance officers (paramedics) were able to revive him with a defibrillator.

Penbross (aged 28) was in good health, with no history of heart disease, and regularly consumed 4 Red Bulls per day.

8 cans of Red bull amounts to 640mg of caffeine. A read of the article makes it appear that Penbross was not big on eating properly – so I wonder if he had this on an almost empty stomach.

Penbross was competing in a Motocross event at the time, so I imagine his adrenalin must have been through the roof.

Sweden Investigates 3 Red Bull Deaths

According to ABCNews:

“Swedish officials are investigating the deaths of three young people who are believed to have been drinking Red Bull. Two of the people who died had used Red Bull as a mixer with alcohol, while the third apparently drank several cans of the energy drink after a strenuous workout and later died of massive kidney failure.”

So, two of those people were mixing Red Bull with alcohol (a whole other problem) and the other seems to have had other health issues involved since caffeine isn’t metabolized by the kidneys nor causes kidney failure.

Man Drinks 20 Red Bulls and Goes Crazy

This happened a while back but still serves as a good example.

48-year-old Peter Edwards was caught “swerving from side to side” across the road. The police had trouble stopping him – he overtook their car and almost rammed into a truck. He was eventually stopped using a “stinger device” that punctured his tires.

Edwards was later tested and found to be free of any alcohol and drugs.

It turns out he had consumed 20 cans of Red Bull. By the sounds of it, he had been drinking these over the duration of a whole night. By our calculations, that’s about 1.6 grams of caffeine – still a long way off from a lethal dose – but enough to make you go crazy.

Red Bull made this inane comment:

“there is no added benefit in consuming the product in excessive amounts.”

Yeah no kidding.

15 Year Old Hospitalized After Red Bull Overdose

15 year-old in the UK was taken to hospital with heart palpitations after drinking eight cans of Red Bull.

Eight cans contain about 640mg of caffeine – which – to be honest, is not a huge amount. Red Bull also contains 1000mg of Taurine, 60mg Glucuronolactone, and 27 grams of sugar per can.

So to get things straight – the overdosing teenager consumed 216 grams of sugar (that’s about 54 teaspoons) along with 8 grams of Taurine.

8 cans in a row of anything isn’t advisable.

It’s time for some folks to rein in the caffeine overdosing.

8 Red Bulls is ridiculous (and expensive) – and by my calculations, this would also mean Penbross downed 216 grams of sugar (that’s more than a whole cup of pure white sugar) and Edwards would have consumed 540 grams. Too much sugar in the blood stream can also have intoxicating as well as deadly side-effects.

Don’t forget all the Taurine either… Red Bull has 1000mg per can. Taurine is something we have little data on.

Red Bull and Lack of Sleep Linked to Man’s Seizures

According to, a Canadian man began experiencing severe seizures and the doctors are saying that it was triggered by lack of sleep and too much caffeine. The man had been consuming 2 or more cans of Red Bull per day since he was 16 years old (he’s 26 now).

The man has been subject to all kinds of medical tests and doctors can find no other plausible explanation for the seizures. Although the man didn’t die, he was placed in intensive care and was in a coma for 3 days.

These kind of stories are very concerning – given that we now have drinks with substantially more caffeine than Red Bull.

Other Energy Drink Deaths Have Been Documented

Red Bull isn’t the only energy drink being linked to deaths and medical problems.

Monster is being tied to at least 5 deaths and 5 Hour is being blamed for the death of at least 13 people. However, nothing has been proven and these complaints are still under litigation or investigation.

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  • Julia divkovic

    I drank one redbull today and I feel completely and utterly sick…

  • ali

    itsss real guyss dont drink redbull tomuch many people died in kuwait also becuase of redbull one of them he drink 3 and died and one of them drink 4 soo plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz dont drink rebull its not good !!!!!!!

  • Idiot

    8 blowjobs in 5 hours is good for the heart.

  • Hanan Claire Al Falahi

    How many years have u been drinking redbull? I drink around 6 daily and its been 7 years

  • bob

    ur a fake

  • zz

    Man this sucks! I love vodka red bulls! Now I need to taker easy…….

  • Bernadette G Ranger


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    You people who drink it everyday and more than 2 cans a day are just retarded. Drinking 4 cans of anything a day is bad for you. I might drink 4 a week max and not every week I might go 2 months without one.

  • shut up trey

    wanna trophy?

  • shut up michelle

    Yeah right, well when u get some shit called ^^important work ^^u won’t have time to sleep, so we drink those energy drinks to help us.i consumed 1 power horse and 2 redbulls to stay up all night to finish my shit .

  • j

    I only have 2 a day not back to back, but then I have 5 expresso shots and the large redbull in a hour is this a problem

  • j

    and not every day maybe 3 days a week

  • Cervantes

    We are surrounded by nuclear power plants, over polluted cities, transgenic food, hormoned farm animals, and so on… I dont think sugar and cafeine are worse than wverything else we are surrounded with. Also, 95% of the people I know is in some sort of debt, debts and jobs that you cant quit because of your debt stress us more than a redbull can.

  • bcollett

    I guess Red Bull really does give you wings ;P

  • M G

    While we’re all blaming redbull consumption for deaths, we also ought to look at the pressures that are placed on people. We’re rewarding and encouraging this behavior by demanding more than is fair from a person.

  • Bill Bradford

    Really I believe people should be concerned of the products that are sold everyday that kill you faster than a red bull. I heard a man ate 5 big macs and 4 orders of fries everyday for 3 years he died of a heart attack? DA!! Drink and eat responsible it will be all right.

  • Bill Bradford

    I can tell you dont have a very demanding life.

  • Bill Bradford

    I drank 23 beat you

  • Bill Bradford

    You people that eat pizza big macs and drink cokes drink coffee eat candy. Get Real. The average person going to die by some other means than drinking red bull. I wish that was the worse thing I had to worry about is my red bull limit per day. Get a life then enjoy it.

  • Irishrose2014

    I drink Red Bulls and Coffee and It does not improve my mental clarity. I actually think I am immune to caffeine. It is more out of habit. My heart is fine, I have no issues at all. In the death with the Monster drink. The teen who died had a heart issue that she did not know about, is it fair to blame the energy drink. while it is sad to loose a child, I think the parents just needed someone to blame and monster was blamed. It says right on the can not to consume more than 1 per day. The teen drank 2 large ones. I live a pretty healthy life style and I am not going to stop drinking Red Bull and I will never stop drinking Coffee. The way I see it, I am not getting out of life alive, and I am not reckless so chances are My death will not be Red Bulled.

Last Modified: May 26, 2017