Lanna Hamann’s parents never expected their daughter’s vacation to Mexico to end in this manner.
In June of 2014, 16-year-old Lanna was vacationing on the beaches of Mexico when she had a sudden heart attack and tragically lost her life. Friends of Hamann said she spent most of the day drinking Red Bull, reports Time. Her friends also claimed that she didn’t appear to be drinking water, according to Fox 6. This led to speculation that Hamann’s heart attack was a result of dehydration and excessive caffeine consumption.
“(Parents should) make sure they’re watching their kids. (Watch) what they’re drinking and (make sure) they’re drinking water instead of an energy drink,” Kris Hamann, Lanna’s mother, told Fox 6.
Following Hamann’s tragic and unexpected death, friends launched a GoFundMe page to help with the costs associated with transporting the 16-year-old’s body back to the United States, according to Time. In addition to that, friends made it a point to reach out to Red Bull in hopes that the company would help with the family’s finances.
It’s no secret that sugary energy drinks are bad for the body. A Huffington Post article says that “energy drink-related emergency department visits have skyrocketed” within the past decade. The popular caffeinated drinks can lead to dehydration and an irregular heartbeat, among other side effects.
Red Bull and other such drinks are available nearly everywhere. Lanna’s mother was well aware of that, telling Fox 6: “Obviously, this is something that could have happened anywhere, whether she was in Mexico or whether she was here in Arizona playing softball.”
Though Lanna is gone, she is surely not forgotten. “We think of her often and she is missed daily,” the creator of her GoFundMe campaign writes. The campaign was successful, and Lanna was laid to rest in her hometown.