CHICAGO (CBS) — An 83-year-old Chicago woman is the first cold-related death of the season in Cook County.
The Medical Examiner’s Office says a relative found Florence Hawkins unresponsive in her bed on the South Side on Tuesday.READ MORE: With Vaccinations Lagging And COVID Cases Rising Among Black Chicagoans, Mayor Lightfoot Says 'We Need To Send Out The Alarm'
An autopsy found Hawkins died of cold exposure and that heart disease was a contributing factor.READ MORE: Cook County Health Releasing Nearly 10,000 First-Dose Vaccine Appointments Tuesday
The National Weather Service reports that the low temperature on Tuesday was 17 degrees and Monday night’s low was 23 degrees.MORE NEWS: South Side Couple Hoping For Refund After Paying $2,000 For Credit Repair, But Seeing No Change In Credit Score
Authorities say there were at least seven cold-related deaths in Cook County during the cold season of 2011-2012 with the first reported on Dec. 3, 2011.