Death of woman blamed on heat

Friday, August 11, 2006

ST. LOUIS -- The death of an 87-year-old St. Louis woman is being blamed on the heat.

The woman's body was found Monday afternoon in her backyard. Her name was not released.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the woman's body temperature was 108 degrees. She was the sixth person to die as a result of the heat this summer in St. Louis city.

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services spokesman Brian Quinn said 18 deaths statewide have been confirmed as heat-related, and three others are unconfirmed. The state also cited 1,022 confirmed heat-related illnesses.

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