Updated: July 5, 2012 5:10PM
The recent deaths of two men – one on the North Side and the other in west suburban Maywood – are the first confirmed heat-related deaths of the season in Cook County.
Eugene Burns, 53, of the 1200 block of South Fourth Avenue in Maywood was pronounced dead at 8:02 p.m. Wednesday at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. An autopsy Thursday found he died of heart disease with obesity and heat stress as contributing factors.
Jon McCullough, 48, of the 2300 block of West Ainsle Street, was pronounced dead at Swedish Covenant Hospital at 1:57 a.m. Thursday, the medical examiner’s office said. An autopsy Thursday found also died of heart disease, with obesity and heat stress contributing factors.
The high temperature Wednesday in Chicago tied the 101-year-old record of 102 degrees, while Thursday’s high set a new record of 103. Highs in the lower 100s are also expected for Friday.
Both death were ruled accidents, the medical examiner’s office said.
They are the first confirmed heat-related deaths in Cook County this season. The death Tuesday night of 95-year-old Iona Kendrick of the 9300 block of South Green was believed to possibly be heat-related, but an autopsy Wednesday was inconclusive, pending further studies, the medical examiner’s office said. And a source said the death did not appear heat-related.
There were 16 heat-related deaths in Cook County in 2011.