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.

Get Help Quitting Caffeine

Reduce your caffeine intake without pain and discomfort.

See our new 10-step plan
  • John Khan Harrison

    how about 20 in 10 hours ?

  • John Khan Harrison

    you will be missed

  • John Khan Harrison

    what a waste
    he could have gone to Iraq /Afghanistan and murdered women /children

  • John Khan Harrison

    some people love too much

  • ttrexxx

    So your body chemistry is identical to everyone else’s…don’t be stupid…to begin with you have a excessive personality…red bull might not kill..but I sure something else will

  • ttrexxx

    As a student of excess your fate is already written

  • John Khan Harrison

    tell me

  • Moe

    With all due respect, u are the one who sounds ignorant. Ted has provided his sources at the end of his post yet you ask “Where is your info coming from?”. I suggest u read someone’s post in its entirety before sounding like your old man 😉

  • Cka Stu

    Moe this could take some time. Do you know what the “internet” is? Did you not understand the point i was making at all? All the sources are from websites are they not? Therefore how can one pick and choose like that? What Ted should have said is don’t believe everything you read on forums and on social media but do believe all the articles published that i think are relevant because they are. If i could be bothered i’m sure i could find the counter argument and post “my sources” and you would have to bow down to my cooked up evidence. Don’t believe everything you read on the internet Moe, or indeed don’t believe every scientific paper you read either. In case you didn’t know science and politics are not synonymous….. Anyway thanks for showing me a thing or two old boy zzzzzzzzzzz

  • Trold

    Cka Stu, You’ve lost a screw or two, huh? Sounds like you’ve drunk far too many Red Bulls yourself and have gone cuckoo. Cuckoo. Don’t talk like you know everything when you really know nada. JK. You’re such a troll posting nonsense and trying to pick fights with people smarter than you. Trying to push people’s buttons is just well how can I say this: idiotic behavior. It’s probably because you are so ugly no girl and no guy will touch you. They run away in horror. And so you hide behind computer and your moniker and spew your crap all over ever one. I pity you. Tsk. Tsk.

  • cka_stu

    Ha ha ha i won’t bite- you’re called trold after all….. If you had made an actual point other than personal insults i would have happily trolled with you, lol. Good luck finding someone person smarter than me. All the best.

  • Venom

    Omg cka stu, SHUT UP OK, you are ANNOYING AS ALL HELL and you know nothing about red bull, ok, and second of all, you are so silly in a bad way, that I will call my homeboy in Israel and see who got the last laugh.


    I agree with you here moe, cku stu is a crazy mother f..ker and he can’t speak English in his username, HA HA HA cku stu you are a dipshit

  • Cka Stu

    Call your mate you nutter, and while you’re there kill yourself!!

  • Cka Stu

    You can’t even work out what cka stands for you retard. Go die in a gutter somewhere you moron!

  • Cka Stu

    He says you can’t believe everything you read on the internet then posts a link from the internet. Why are you all so fucking dumb, can’t you read between the lines at all? Maybe you’ve been drinking too much RB….

  • asvpx.mob

    Smoke weed

  • Kristin Runyan

    I know this was 7 months ago and I know you probably will continue to drink them but my boyfriend had 3 cardiac arrests in a period of 2 days after only consuming one. He drank them maybe 2 nights a week for a month so he was used to them and he was in great health. He got unlucky and just so happens to have a heart disease called idiopathic ventricular fibrillation caused by this drink. Me and his parents warned him before of the deaths by his drink but he thought of course nothing will happen to him. It may have taken a while but something happened. He now has an ICD and there are many things he will never get to do again. Just because nothing has happened to you yet doesnt mean it wont. Your life is way too valuable. Make the wise decision to get rid of them and stick to coffee! This goes for ALL energy drinks!

  • Kristin Runyan

    nope. my boyfriend went into cardiac arrest after only drinking one. dont chance it. he now has a defibrillator in his chest and is lucky and blessed to be here. Energy drinks are the devil.

  • Kristin Runyan

    yes it will my boyfriend had 3 cardiac arrests after only one! him almost dying and having an ICD in his chest is an immediate consequence.

Last Modified: May 26, 2017