Red Bull said it sold more than five-million cans last year

Red Bull said it sold more than five-million cans last year

Red Bull has declined to comment directly on reports of a US$85m lawsuit filed against it by the family of a New York man who died after allegedly drinking one of its energy drinks.

Cory Terry, 33, from Brooklyn had a heart attack during a game of basketball in November, 2011, according to the New York Daily News yesterday (28 October). Terry, who was described as a “healthy, active non-smoker” and an “avid” energy drinks consumer, collapsed after drinking a can of Red Bull, the reports said, citing medical records.

In a statement to just drinks today, Red Bull said it “does not comment on particular legal matters”. But the company added that a 25cl can of Red Bull contains the same amount of caffeine as a cup of home-brewed coffee. It also said more than five-billion cans were consumed globally last year.

The New York Daily News said the wrongful death lawsuit, due to be filed yesterday, was believed to be the first against Red Bull in the US. However, it is not the first time an energy drinks maker has found itself facing allegations about the safety of its products. 

Last year the family of a 14-year-old girl in the US filed a lawsuit against Monster Beverage when she died after allegedly drinking two cans of Monster. The company claims there is no medical evidence to support the allegations

In March, a group of doctors in the US called for the Food & Drug Administration to bring in a limit on caffeine content in energy drinks.