Two Suburban Women Collapse Shoveling Snow

Autopsy showed one died of cold exposure.

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    The death of one of the two suburban women who collapsed while shoveling snow and died Friday have been attributed to cold exposure.

    Florence Erickson, 77, fell while clearing snow outside her home in Des Plaines, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

    The autopsy determined Erickson's death was a result of cerebral hemorrhage, heart condition and cold exposure, according to medical examiner's office.

    The second woman, 64-year-old Joan Lilek, was found unresponsive while shoveling snow outside her home in Oak Lawn, the medical examiner's office said.

    Lilek's autopsy revealed a heart condition was the cause and her death was ruled natural by the medical examiner's office.