At least 4 snow shoveling deaths reported in Chicago, Will County

January 6, 2014 2:54:05 PM PST
Three southwest suburban men apparently suffered fatal heart attacks while shoveling snow over the weekend.

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Will County Coroner Patrick K. O'Neil said all three men were shoveling before being found unresponsive.

A 57-year-old Bolingbrook man was pronounced dead Saturday at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.

A 62-year-old Joliet man and a 63-year-old Joliet man both died Sunday at Saint Joseph Medical Center, O'Neil said.

O'Neil said despite the extreme cold no hypothermia cases had been reported to the coroner's office as of 11 a.m. Monday.

A 48-year-old man also died while shoveling snow Sunday night in Chicago's West Side Humboldt Park neighborhood, police said.

The man was shoveling snow in the 1400 block of North Washtenaw Avenue about 10:20 p.m. and started having chest pains, police News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic said.

He was pronounced dead on the scene by the fire department, Sedevic said. The man had suffered from heart-related issues in the past, Sedevic said. Police were unsure if the man lived on the block where he died. Area North detectives are investigating.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2013.)