One of two women who died Friday after collapsing while shoveling snow died in part from cold exposure, the Cook County medical examiner's office found today.
Both Florence Erickson, 77, of Des Plaines, and Joan Lilek, 64, of Oak Lawn, died at least in part due to heart disease. But Erickson, who was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge Thursday night and died Friday morning, died from a cerebral hemorrhage brought on by heart disease following cold exposure, the medical examiner's office found today.
Erickson's is at least the fourth cold-exposure death in Cook County this season.
Lilek died due to heart disease, the medical examiner's office found.
A neighbor saw Lilek collapse while shoveling snow about 1:30 p.m. Friday in front of her home in the 9700 block of Cook Avenue in Oak Lawn, police said.