Cook County heat-related death toll rises to 15

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Three more deaths in Cook County have been attributed to the heat, bringing to 15 the number of people who have died from heat-related causes since last week.

In most of the cases, including the three latest, heart disease was listed as the primary cause of death and heat stress as a secondary cause, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

• Michael Kischuk, 60, of the 7100 block of North Ashland Avenue, was pronounced dead Monday at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital.

• Marvin Hanko, 83, of the 16600 block of Thornton Avenue in South Holland, also died Monday. In addition to heat stress, emphysema and diabetes were listed as secondary causes.

• Jerome Pinkos, 67, of the 2100 block of North Latrobe Avenue, also died Monday, officials said.

Officials said preliminary information indicates another man's death may also be attributed to heat-related causes.

William Blackledge, 70, of the 1100 block of North Milwaukee Avenue, was pronounced dead at 9:27 p.m. Monday at St. Mary's Hospital. According to preliminary information, officials believe he may have died from heat-related causes on July 21. An official determination is not expected until Wednesday.


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