Two More Deaths Attributed to Heat


Two Cook County men are among three Illinoisans whose deaths were attributed Wednesday to the recent heat wave.

The Cook County Medical Examiner said 56-year-old Charles Redmon and 45-year-old Ernest Crossley both died of heat stroke.

Their deaths bring to 18 the total deaths in the county tied to this summer's heat.

In Alton, near St. Louis, a man was found dead in his home where a window air-conditioning unit had been shut down to save money. Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn said the body of 63-year-old Jerry Besterfeldt was found Wednesday morning by his live-in girlfriend in their Alton home.

Nonn said Besterfeldt's core body temperature was 104 degrees.

The room temperature was nearly 94 degrees, even after the overnight cooling.

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