57-Year-Old Staten Island Man is Summer's First Heat-Related Death, ME Says

By Aidan Gardiner and Nicholas Rizzi  on July 17, 2013 1:55pm

 A 57-year-old Staten Island man died on Monday July 8, 2013, the summer's first heat-related death this year, the Medical Examiner's office said.
A 57-year-old Staten Island man died on Monday July 8, 2013, the summer's first heat-related death this year, the Medical Examiner's office said.
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NEW YORK CITY — A 57-year-old man became the summer's first heat-related death last Monday, the Medical Examiner ruled.

The man, whose identity was not immediately released, died of hyperthermia on July 8th when temperatures reached a high of 89 degrees, the Medical Examiner's office said Wednesday.

Hyperthermia occurs when a body has an elevated body temperature and the body heat-regulation systems fail, which can lead to death, according to the U.S. Department of Health.

The city's currently in the third day of a week long heat wave, with temperatures expected to climb to a high of 95 degrees on Wednesday.

The official cause of death was hyperthermia due to elevated environmental temperatures.

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