Man found in Logan Square 15th cold death of season - New York News

Man found in Logan Square 15th cold death of season

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

An apparently homeless man found frozen to death in an alley in the Northwest Side Logan Square neighborhood is at least the 15th cold-related death of the year in Cook County, the most since the winter of 2010-11.

The man, thought to be in his 60s, was found dead in the 3200 block of West Fullerton Avenue, the Cook County Medical Examiner's office said.

Officers responded to the alley about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday and found the man dead, police said. He appeared to have been homeless, and remained unidentified as of late Thursday morning.

An autopsy Wednesday found he died of hypothermia because of exposure to the cold, and listed heart disease as a secondary factor, the medical examiner's office said. His death was ruled an accident.

The season's 14th cold-related death was an apparently homeless man found dead under a bridge in the North Center neighborhood Dec. 24, according to the medical examiner's office.

Roy T. Fox, 63, was found in the 3100 block of North Western Avenue and pronounced dead on the scene at 11:45 p.m. on Christmas Eve, according to the medical examiner's office.

The initial autopsy results were inconclusive pending toxicology test results, but has since been determined to be hypothermia, with ethanol intoxication a secondary factor, according to the medical examiner's office.

Last year, there were 12 cold-related deaths in Cook County. The last time there were as many cold-related deaths in the county was the 2010-2011 winter season, when there were 14.

In the 2008-2009 winter season, there were 17 cold-related deaths, and there were 24 during the 2006-07 season, according to Sun-Times Media Wire records.

A search of Chicago Sun-Times archives showed that 30 people died of cold-related causes in the winter of 1988-89.

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