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Two more Cook County deaths attributed to cold

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BLUE ISLAND, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A Chicago man and a south suburban woman are at least the ninth and 10th cold-related deaths of the winter in Cook County.

Andrea Ysaguirre, 66, died at MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island at 11:10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

Ysaguirre, of the 12300 block of South Peoria in Calumet Park, died of hypothermia, cold exposure, heart disease, kidney disease and heart failure and her death was ruled an accident, an autopsy showed.

Earlier Tuesday, a 49-year-old homeless man died of cold-related causes in the 3600 block of West Palmer Street, authorities said.

Bernabe Garcia was found unresponsive Tuesday in a backyard, police said. An autopsy Wednesday found he died of hypothermia, cold exposure, alcohol intoxication and heart disease, according to the medical examiner's office.

Eight other deaths in Cook County have been caused at least partly by cold weather, though Contreras is the first since the record-breaking cold snap descended on the Chicago area Monday.

Elias Contreras, 80, died at MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island at 9:15 p.m. Monday, according to the medical examiner's office. Contreras was the first cold-related death of 2014 in Cook County.

An autopsy Tuesday found Contreras, who lived in the 200 block of Olive Street in Blue Island, died of hypothermia, cold exposure, diabetes and heart disease, according to the medical examiner's office.

Thomas Kachlicki, 66, was found dead at his home Dec. 19 in the 4500 block of West Wrightwood Avenue, authorities said. An autopsy found he died of hypothermia and cold exposure.

William Buckley, 67, was discovered dead Dec. 17 by officers conducting a well-being check at his home in the 100 block of West 118th Street, authorities said. He died of hypothermia, cold exposure, and heart disease, an autopsy found.

Margie Chandler, 62, died at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Dec. 12, according to the medical examiner's office. An autopsy found she died from complications of hypothermia and cold exposure.

Carolyn Wilkins, 61, died at Franciscan St. James Health in Chicago Heights at 8:32 a.m. Dec. 10, according to the medical examiner's office. Wilkins, of the 1200 block of Damico Drive in Chicago Heights, died of heart disease, hypothermia and diabetes, an autopsy found.

David Kraft, 52, was discovered under a bridge Nov. 26 on the West Side, according to the medical examiner's office. He was pronounced dead there in the 3000 block of West Washington. An autopsy found Kraft died of hypothermia, cold exposure and alcoholism.

Daniel Badillo, 50, was found in the 3100 block of West 99th Street and pronounced dead at St. Anthony Hospital on Nov. 24, according to the medical examiner's office. An autopsy found he died of hypothermia, cold exposure, and acute and chronic alcoholism.

A 64-year-old woman found dead in the North Side Uptown neighborhood in October was the season's first cold-related death. Beverly Weaver was found in the 1500 block of West Lawrence Avenue on Oct. 25, according to the medical examiner's office. An autopsy found she died of hypothermia, cold exposure and HCVD.

All of the deaths have been ruled accidental.

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