Additional heat deaths bring total to 22 in Cook County
(MCT) — The Cook County medical examiner’s office has determined today that three people have died of heat-related causes, increasing the number to 22 people who have died since the beginning of last week’s heat wave.
Dorothy J. Short, 68, of the 8800 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue was pronounced dead at 1:50 a.m. at the Cook County medical examiner's office, officials said. A neighbor entered the home to check on the resident and found her dead, police said. Officers were called to the scene at 10:26 p.m. Tuesday, according to police.
Officials determined that the primary cause of death was heart disease and heat stress was listed as a contributing factor in her death, according to the office.
Rubin Martinez, who was in his 70s, of the 4500 block of North Clark Street was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:55 a.m. Tuesday, officials said. Officials also determined that he also died from heart disease and listed heat stress as a contributing cause.
Police were called to a residence in the Clark Street block at 12:48 p.m. and had to make forced entry to an apartment, where they found a man dead, police said.
State records show Martinez had been licensed as a barber since at least 1998.
In addition to those cases, John McGill, 52, of the 4800 block of West Irving Park Road, was also pronounced dead at 1:02 p.m. at his home Tuesday. Officials also determined that he died from heart disease and listed heat stress as a contributing factor, according to the medical examiner's office.
Late last week, the medical examiner’s office determined 10 people had died in the heat wave that ended Saturday, and on Sunday, the office determined eight more people died from heat-related causes. This week there were four additional cases including the three deaths determined to related to heat today.