The FDA acknowledged the adverse reports Monday, but FDA spokeswoman Shelly Burgess says the adverse reports linked to Monster Energy Drinks don't prove that the popular energy drinks caused the deaths or the heart attack.
The FDA news follows last week's filing in California of a wrongful death suit by the parents of a 14-year-old, Hagerstown, Md., girl who died after drinking two, 24-ounce Monster Beverage Corp. drinks in 24 hours.
An autopsy concludshe's hat the teen died of cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity. She had an inherited disorder that can weaken blood vessels.
Monster Beverage Corp says it doesn't believe its Monster Energy Drink products caused any deaths.
Shares of the Corona, Calif.-based company plunged $7.20, or 13.5 percent, to $46.12 in trading Monday.