ME: 11 heat-related deaths in past week

July 24, 2011 2:58:45 PM PDT
There have now been 11 heat-related deaths in Cook County during the heat wave of the past week.

The Cook County medical examiner says the victims died of "heat stress" or "heat stroke" during last week's extremely warm weather. Victims ranged in age from 47 to 93.

Meanwhile, ABC7 has learned Cesar Rodriguez, 18, did not die due to the heat. His family had feared his death was heat-related, but the medical examiner now says he died of natural causes.

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