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Heat a factor in 8th Chicago-area death

CHICAGO (KFVS/AP) - A 59-year-old man has died of heat stroke, bringing the total of heat-related deaths in the Chicago area to eight.

The Cook County medical examiner's office listed David Nikuni's death as an accident on Saturday.

On Friday, the office gave "heat stress" or "heat stroke" as the causes of death for seven people who ranged in age from 47 to 93.

Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Nancy Jones says the majority of the people killed by the heat had pre-existing conditions that were exacerbated by the high temperatures.

She says the last similar heat wave in the region in 1995 resulted in more than 750 deaths over a 5-day period.

The Chicago area has since developed a heat response plan that includes more cooling centers and well-being checks to the elderly.

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Extreme heat is turning deadly here in the Heartland as well.

Two men are dead in two different counties and both were found in their campers.

According to Ripley County Coroner Mike Jackson, 62-year-old Louis Grusnick, Jr. of Naylor was found dead by a family member Thursday night around 6:30.

Coroner Jackson says Grusnick did have a fan on inside the camper but does believe heat was a factor in his death. 

The combination of heat and alcohol lead to the death of another a Heartland man.

According to the Butler County Coroner Jim Akers, 57-year-old Richard Lovelace was found dead on July 12 in the parking lot of CJs Pawn Shop in Poplar Bluff.

Lovelace was living in a small camper parked at shop's parking lot.

Copyright 2011 KFVS. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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