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Medical examiner investigating more possible heat deaths from Friday

Authorities are investigating whether heat was a factor in the deaths of at least nine people in Cook County on Friday, when temperatures hit a high of 103 degrees in Chicago.

Autopsies conducted on Saturday will determine the official cause of death for the nine people, and authorities cautioned that until those are completed it’s too early to say what led to their deaths on the third straight day of triple-digit temperatures. But preliminary information indicates that many of those who died had underlying medical problems and died in homes that did not have air conditioning, according to a source in the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Among the possible heat-related deaths on Friday are:

◆ Roosevelt Richmond, 64, of the 1100 block of S. Francisco, who had a core temperature of 108 degrees before he died at 4 p.m. at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, the medical examiner’s office said.

◆ An unknown man in his 30s who had a core temperature of 106 degrees. He was found in the 0 to 100 block of South Cicero and taken to Loretto Hospital, where he died at 9 p.m.

◆ Daisy Gopps, 79, whose home in La Grange had a temperature of 100 degrees, the medical examiner’s office said. She was pronounced dead at her home at 6:40 p.m.

The medical examiner’s office has officially ruled that heat played a role in the deaths of six people this week.

There were 16 heat-related deaths in Cook County in 2011.

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