CHICAGO — Excessive heat contributed to a second woman's death in Chicago during a recent spike in temperatures, a Saturday autopsy showed.
Hazel Perisee, 62, was pronounced dead about 1:30 p.m Friday in her home in the 1800 block of West 79th Street in Auburn Gresham, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.
An autopsy showed Perisee died from heart disease, and heat stress was a contributing factor. Her death was ruled natural.
Another woman died due in part to heat stress in her Washington Heights home on Thursday.
Both women were pronounced dead during a 20-hour heat advisory in Chicago Thursday and Friday, when temperatures topped 100 degrees with the heat index.
Highs hit 96 degrees both days.
The National Weather Service advises people to check in on elderly neighbors and family during periods of excessive heat.