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4 more heat-related deaths brings total to 6 in Cook County

Updated: July 7, 2012 12:57AM



The Thursday deaths of four Chicagoans were confirmed Friday as caused at least in part to the recent heat wave, raising the total number of deaths in Cook County attributable so far to the heat this week to six.

Carmen Mercado, 81, of the 2000 block of West Superior Street, was found dead in her bedroom Thursday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. An autopsy Friday determined she died of heart disease and heat stress, according to the medical examiner’s office, which noted that there was no air conditioning in the room she was discovered in.

Riley Kimble, 59, of the 1800 block of West Jackson Boulevard, was pronounced dead at 3:35 p.m. Thursday. An autopsy Friday found that he died of heart disease, with heat stress as a contributing factor.

Another elderly woman, 91-year-old Pat Wong, also died in part because of heat stress, the medical examiner’s office said. Wong, of 4200 block of North Winchester Avenue, was pronounced dead at her home at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. An autopsy Friday found she died of heart disease, with diabetes and heat stress as contributing factors.

Frank Proczek, 58, of 5000 block of South Western Avenue, was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center at 8:10 p.m. Thursday. An autopsy Friday found that he died of heart disease, with chronic alcoholism and heat stress as contributing factors.

On Thursday, autopsies confirmed the first two heat-related deaths of the season in Cook County, 53-year-old Eugene Burns of Maywood and 48-year-old Jon McCullough, of the North Side Ravenswood neighborhood.

Thursday’s high temperature set a new record of 103 degrees, while Wednesday’s high was 102 degrees.

There were 16 heat-related deaths in Cook County in 2011.



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