Two More Cook County Deaths Attributed to Cold

Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014  |  Updated 5:42 PM CDT
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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 Elias Contreras is the first since the record-breaking cold snap descended on the Chicago area Monday.

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.

All of the deaths have been ruled accidental.

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