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South Side woman, Burnham man bring cold death total to 25

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

One of the most brutal winters the area has ever seen continues to take its toll, with a South Side woman and a Burnham man mark Cook County's 24th and 25th cold-related deaths of the season.

Joseph Delgado, 64, was found dead in his home Monday in the 3000 block of East 138th Place in Burnham, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

An autopsy Tuesday found Delgado died of heart disease, accumulation of fluid in the brain, and hypothermia from cold exposure, according to the medical examiner's office. His death was ruled an accident.

On Monday, 71-year-old Izola McGee was pronounced dead at Holy Cross Hospital at 8:25 a.m., according to the medical examiner's office.

McGee, of the 6900 block of South Paulina Street, died of hypothermia and cold exposure, an autopsy Tuesday found. Heart disease, lung cancer and diabetes were contributing factors, and her death was ruled an accident.

The last time the county saw more than 25 cold deaths was the winter of 2007-08, when 29 people died of cold-related causes, officials said. Last winter, 14 people died of cold-related causes.

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