Matthew Rader was exploring the kitchen at his mother’s apartment in Richmond, when he climbed onto a counter, got his hands on the container on the spice rack, ate some and began choking before he collapsed.
When his mother, Brianna, found him, he was in a seizure-like state and was transported to Baptist Health Medical Center, where an hour and a half later he was pronounced dead, according ( See Video Below)
‘He was completely healthy – no problems,’ the mother of two said. ‘He started choking. It was like he was having a seizure and just collapsed.’
While Matthew was choking on the cinnamon, some of it made its way into his lungs and caused his death, according to the station.
His June 3 death was ruled accidental by the coroner who said cinnamon when inhaled can cause asphyxiation.
Brianna Rader wants to share her son’s story so that it will be a warning to others, especially those who ingest large amounts of the powder in the ‘Cinnamon Challenge’.
The Cinnamon Challenge involves swallowing a spoonful of ground cinnamon without drinking any liquids, a prank that went viral on social networking sites in 2011.
Doctors said the prank is dangerous as it could result in particles of the spice being inhaled through the windpipe and into the lungs, which could cause inflammation – and even choking.
‘Cinnamon can kill,’ Brianna Rader said. ‘All these kids, they don’t think about the fact it can hurt them.’