South Side Man 6th Cold-Related Death of Season

Man died of hypothermia, cold exposure and heart disease, an autopsy showed

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013  |  Updated 7:51 PM CDT
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South Side Man 6th Cold-Related Death of Season

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A Far South Side man is at least the sixth cold-related death of the season in Cook County.

William Buckley, 67, was discovered dead Tuesday by officers conducting a well-being check at his home in the 100 block of West 118th Street, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Buckley died of hypothermia, cold exposure and heart disease, an autopsy Wednesday found.

Five other deaths in Cook County this season have been caused at least partly by cold weather.

Margie Chandler, 62, died at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Dec. 12, according to the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy found she died from complications of hypothermia and cold exposure.

Carolyn Wilkins, 61, died at Franciscan St. James Health in Chicago Heights at 8:32 a.m. Dec. 10, according to the medical examiner’s office. Wilkins, of the 1200 block of Damico Drive in Chicago Heights, died of heart disease, hypothermia and diabetes, an autopsy found.

52-year-old David Kraft was discovered under a bridge Nov. 26 on the West Side, according to the medical examiner’s office. He was pronounced dead there in the 3000 block of West Washington. An autopsy found Kraft died of hypothermia, cold exposure and alcoholism.

50-year-old Daniel Badillo was found in the 3100 block of West 99th Street and pronounced dead at St. Anthony Hospital on Nov. 24, according to the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy found he died of hypothermia, cold exposure, and acute and chronic alcoholism.

A 64-year-old woman found dead in the North Side Uptown neighborhood in October was the season’s first cold-related death. Beverly Weaver was found dead in the 1500 block of West Lawrence Avenue on Oct. 25, according to the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy found she died of hypothermia, cold exposure and HCVD.

All of the deaths have been ruled accidental.

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