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Authorities: Cold exposure causes man's death at UIC

Published: Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 9:37 a.m. CST

(MCT) — The death of a 42-year-old homeless man who collapsed on a jogging track at a University of Illinois at Chicago athletic field Saturday marked at least the second cold related death of the season so far, officials say.

An autopsy Sunday found Thomas Grubb, who was homeless, died of hypothermia and cold exposure and his death was ruled an accident, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Grubb had collapsed on a jogging track in the 1300 block of South Morgan Street on Saturday morning, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

UIC police responded about 7:15 a.m to an outdoor athletic field at that address after someone found Grubb's body at the northeast end of the field and an alarm was activated, said UIC spokesman Mark Rosati.

Grubb was taken to the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago, where he was pronounced dead at 11 a.m., according to the medical examiner's office.

Rosati did not know how long the victim had been there; Grubb was not affiliated with the school.

Cold exposure also contributed to the Nov. 27 death of 83-year-old Florence Hawkins, a Chicago woman who was found in her home with the temperature at 24 degrees, authorities say.

An autopsy found that Hawkins, of the 8200 block of South Chapel Avenue, died of cold exposure and heart disease, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Her death was ruled an accident, the office said.

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.

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