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2nd death in weeklong heat wave

July 22, 2008 5:52:25 PM PDT
Philadelphia authorities say the city's weeklong heat wave has been cited as a factor in the death of a second person. Medical examiner's office spokesman Jeff Moran says the body of a 67-year-old South Philadelphia man was found in his second floor bedroom Monday night. Moran says there was no air conditioning, and the windows were open with a small fan circulating hot air in the bedroom.

The cause of death was listed as hypertensive cardiovascular disease and excessive exposure to heat. That was the same cause of death listed for the death of a 62-year-old man over the weekend, the first from the current heat wave.

Moran says the city has recorded 21 heat-related deaths so far this year.

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