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Makers Of Four Loko ‘Extremely Saddened’ By Deaths Of 2 Teens

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The manufacturers of a popular caffeinated alcohol drink announced on Nov. 16, 2010, that they will remove the caffeine from its controversial products -- just before the FDA reveals its intention to ban the Four Loko beverage. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The manufacturers of a popular caffeinated alcohol drink announced on Nov. 16, 2010, that they will remove the caffeine from its controversial products — just before the FDA reveals its intention to ban the Four Loko beverage. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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HUNTINGTON BEACH (AP) —  The maker of the controversial energy drink Four Loko says it is “extremely saddened” by the deaths of two teens whose bodies were found in a vacant Huntington Beach apartment.

An empty can of Four Loko was found near the bodies and police say it appears the deaths of 15-year-old Aaron Saenz and 16-year-old Chelsea Taylor may have been drug- and alcohol-related.

Coroner’s officials are awaiting toxicological results and do not know if Four Loko played a role in the deaths.

In a statement released to the Los Angeles Times Tuesday, Phusion Projects said it works very hard to ensure its products are consumed safely and responsibly by adults over the age of 21.

When it was first sold, Four Loko contained both alcohol and caffeine, but Phusion Projects announced in November it was reformulating the beverage to remove caffeine.

(© Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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