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FDA Investigates Possibility of Deaths from Monster Energy Drink

This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it is investigating reports of five deaths that could be associated with Monster Energy Drink.

In an article on ChicagoTribune.com, an FDA spokeswoman said the agency had received reports of five deaths and one heart attack that happened between 2009 through June 2012 that may be associated with Monster Beverage Corp’s energy drinks. The FDA said it investigates any report of injury or death that it receives.

Late last week, the family of a 14-year-old girl who died after drinking two cans of Monster Energy drink filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming that Monster failed to warn about the product’s dangers. The lawsuit says that after drinking two 24-ounce cans of Monster Energy in a 24-hour period, the teen went into cardia arrest. She died days later due to “cardia arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity” that complicated a heart disorder she already had.

In the article, Monster is quoted as saying that they, “are unaware of any fatality anywhere that has been caused by its drinks.” The company plans to vigorously defend itself against the suit.