Chicago-area heat wave claims 4th victim

The recent heat wave has claimed a fourth life in Cook County.

70-year-old Elizabeth Darlinger was found dead at her home in Stone Park on Sunday evening.   An autopsy shows heat stress and diabetes caused her to die from heart disease.

Last week, 83-year-old Joan Kaluzny from Bellwood died from heart disease brought on by diabetes, with heat stress as a contributing factor, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Hazel Perisee, 62, was found dead last Friday afternoon in her home in the 1800 block of West 79th Street.  The Cook County Medical Examiner says Perisee died of heart disease, but the heat was a contributing factor.

The week-long heat wave also claimed the life of Anne Spears, 71, of the 9700 block of Green Street.  Preliminary reports said Spears’ home was warm when she was found. An autopsy revealed she died of heart disease with heat stress being the secondary cause of death.

The heat index in the Chicago area had climbed to at least 100 degrees in some areas during the time of their deaths.

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