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Mon July 11, 2011

Coroner: Heat blamed in southwestern Ill. death

The sweltering summer temperatures that have gripped the Midwest are being blamed in the suspected heat-stroke death of a 51-year-old man in southwestern Illinois.

Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn says Mitsunari Uechi was found unresponsive Sunday night in his Granite City mobile home by his live-in mother and later was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Nonn says the home's air conditioner wasn't working, and the man's body temperature was 104 degrees when he arrived at the hospital.

Nonn says Uechi had some chronic medical problems that made him more vulnerable to heat-related stress.

The coroner says an autopsy Monday didn't uncover anything other than heat stroke that might explain the death.