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Death of 71-year-old is sixth from cold weather

Updated: January 19, 2013 2:25AM



A north suburban man who died Thursday night is the sixth cold-related death of the season in Cook County.

Edwin Mason, 71, of Northbrook, was found Thursday in the 1500 block of Milwaukee Avenue in Glenview, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:24 p.m. An autopsy on Friday found that Mason died of hypothermia, caused by cold exposure, with heart disease a contributing factor, according to the medical examiner’s office. The death was ruled an accident.

Previous cold-related deaths in Cook County this season include:

• Jerzy Tarkowski, 60, found lying at the corner of Belmont and Central avenues about 1 a.m. on Jan. 4. An autopsy found he died of hypothermia brought on by cold exposure, with alcohol intoxication a contributing factor.

• Luis M. Escalante, 53, found in the 3200 block of Oakton Street in Skokie near a park at 3200 Oakton St. on Dec. 22. Escalante, of the 1800 block of West Farwell Avenue, died of cold exposure.

• Casimir Widarz, in his 60s, was found lying on the ground in the 4300 block of South Ashland Avenue on Dec. 21. The primary cause of death for Widarz, who was homeless, was heart disease with cold exposure listed as a factor.

• Thomas Grubb, 41, died from hypothermia and cold exposure on Dec. 9, according to county records. Grubb, a registered sex offender who was living on the street, was found near a UIC student center.

• Florence Hawkins, 83, was found dead at her home in the 8200 block of South Chappel Avenue on Nov. 27, the medical examiner’s office said.

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