Blizzard, frigid temps blamed for Chicago-area deaths

February 6, 2011 8:35:42 AM PST
The winter weather has claimed some lives across the Chicago area.

A Dept. of Streets and Sanitation worker suffered a deadly heart attack while shoveling snow in the West Ridge neighborhood. William "Billy" King, 60, suffered the heart attack while he was working in an alley in the 3600-block of West Devon Ave. Saturday morning.

King worked for the city for more than 10 years.

The cold weather also played a role in the death of a suburban senior citizen. An autopsy shows Joseph Smith of Oak Forest died in part from cold exposure. The 79-year-old was found unresponsive at his home Friday.

Finally, frigid temperatures might have played a role in the death of an elderly Chicago woman. Daisy Scott, 74, was found Friday night in her home in the 5800-block of West Walton.

ABC7 is told the house did not have any heat.

An autopsy will determine if the cold is to blame for Scott's death.