According to Carlos Sadovi from the Chicago Tribune, the death of a man Tuesday and of a man in January have been due to cold-related causes, officials said.
Sadovi stated that there have been 20 cold-related deaths in Cook County thus far this season; the Cook County medical examiner’s office pronounced Wednesday.
Sadovi stated Frank Shuftan, a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office, stated a homeless man between the ages of 41-50 years old was “found on the sidewalk on the 3100 block of South Laramie Avenue in Cicero” on Tuesday.
The man, who remained unidentified, was pronounced dead at at MacNeal Hospital that night. An autopsy determined that the man “died of acute alcohol toxicity and that a secondary cause was cold exposure.”
Sadovi stated the death of the man in January has “also been attributed to cold exposure,” according to Shuftan.
The cause of death was “hypothermia due to cold exposure, and a secondary cause was chronic ethanolism, Shuftan said.”
Sadovi stated Debra Togtman from Blue Island was pronounced dead from the cold Sunday at MetroSouth Medical Center. She was found in the “2200 block of 135th Place in Blue Island,” according to the medical examiner’s office.
According to Sadovi, after an autopsy Monday, the office determined Togtman died of hypertensive cardiovascular disease. A secondary cause of death was “hypothermia due to cold exposure, with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease a contributing factor in her death.”
Sadovi stated last winter in which Chicago had record-breaking low temperatures, “32 cold-related deaths were counted in Cook County from Oct. 24, 2013, through April 3, 2014; according to officials.”