An autopsy today revealed that heat contributed to the death of a 73-year-old man who died this week, bringing the number to 23 people who have died of heat-related causes since last week’s heat wave.
Jerry Herington of the 6600 block of South Loomis Street was pronounced dead Tuesday at 6:14 a.m. at Holy Cross Hospital, according to the medical examiner’s office.
An autopsy today determined Herington’s primary cause of death was heat stroke with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease being listed as a secondary cause.
There was no additional information about Herington’s death available from police.
On Wednesday, officials determined that three people died of heat-related issues. Those deaths included a man who was in his 70s, a 68-year-old woman and a 52-year-old man.
Another death was attributed to the heat on Tuesday.
Last week, 10 people had died in the heat wave that ended on Saturday, and on Sunday it was determined the heat was a contributing factor in eight more deaths.