CHICAGO - A man who died earlier this month in Douglas Park on the West Side is Cook County’s 14th cold-related death of the season, according to the medical examiner’s office.
The 37-year-old was found about 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in the 2500 block of West Ogden Avenue, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. He was pronounced dead about half an hour later.
An autopsy determined he died as a result of a combined drug toxicity with cold exposure as a contributing factor, the medical examiner’s office said. His death was ruled an accident.
Thirteen other cold-related deaths have been reported in Cook County this season. The first death to be classified as cold-related this season was reported Nov. 1 in Avondale.
Last season, 60 cold-related deaths were reported in Cook County between Sept. 14, 2018, and May 23, 2019.