18 Deaths Now Blamed on Heat

All eight of the most recent deaths were also caused by heart disease

By Mitchell Grogg
|  Thursday, Jul 12, 2012  |  Updated 8:44 PM CDT
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18 Deaths Now Blamed on Heat

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UPDATE: Death total rises to 23...

Eight more deaths in Cook County have been tied to heat-related causes, bringing the total number for the summer up to 18, breaking 2011's record.

These latest heat victims also were found to have died of heart disease.

Autopsies conducted Sunday by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office listed heat stress in the following deaths:

Lucille Griffith, 100, was pronounced dead at St. Bernard Hospital and Health Center Saturday. An autopsy found she died of heart disease with heat stress as a contributing factor.

Irene Moriarty, 89, was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center Saturday. An autopsy found she died of heart disease with heat stress as a contributing factor.

Mary Williams, 56, was pronounced dead at Roseland Community Hospital. An autopsy found she died of heart disease, with obesity and heat stress as contributing factors.

Sherry Garrett, 53, was pronounced dead at her home Saturday. An autopsy found she died of heart disease, with diabetes and heat stress as a contributing factor.

Ann Narcisse, 79,was pronounced dead at the Stein Institute Saturday. An autopsy found she died of heart disease with heat stress as a contributing factor.

John Stacey, 81, was pronounced dead at his home Saturday. An autopsy found he died of heart disease, with obesity and heat stress as contributing factors.

Levon Calhoun, 55, was pronounced dead at the Stein Institute Sunday. An autopsy found he died of heart disease, with obesity heat stress as a contributing factor.

Anthony Thomas, 48, was pronounced dead at the Stein Institute Friday. An autopsy found he died of heart disease, with heat stress as a contributing factor.

Last week, ten people died from heat-related causes. The deaths have prompted Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to order a heat report to determine how resources were used to help people beat the heat and how they could be used better in the future.

Editor's Note: This report was originally published July 9, 2012.

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