Man dies following ‘scuffle’ in Austin neighborhood

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A man collapsed and died suddenly Thursday following a “scuffle” with another person in the West Side Austin neighborhood.

John L. Rainey, 52, got into a physical altercation with another man about 11 p.m. in the 300 block of North Menard, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

After the other person involved in the fight left, Rainey collapsed, a police source said.

Rainey, who lived in the same block, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the medical examiner’s office.

An autopsy Friday called the case a “sudden death following scuffle” caused by hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, the medical examiner’s office said.

Diabetes was also listed as a contributing factor, and his death was ruled a homicide, the medical examiner’s office said.

No one is in custody and no charges are pending Friday, although a Chicago Police investigation is ongoing, authorities said.

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