Man dies from fall, cold exposure in Beecher

SHARE Man dies from fall, cold exposure in Beecher
ambulance_generic_e1525014822630.jpg

Sun-Times file photo

A man died Sunday morning after suffering a fall and cold exposure five days earlier in south suburban Beecher.

Louis Ruder, 81, was found at 3:47 p.m. Jan 2 in the 500 block of Chestnut Lane in Beecher, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. He was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he was pronounced dead at 7:15 a.m. Sunday.

An autopsy found that Ruder, who lived in Beecher, died from head injuries from a fall, with hypothermia from cold exposure and cardiovascular disease listed as contributing factors, the medical examiner’s office said. His death was ruled an accident.

Beecher police did not immediately provide further details about the incident.

Seven cold-related deaths have been reported in Cook County since Oct. 23, according to Chicago Sun-Times records.

The Latest
The officer was the second hurt by shattered glass in less than an hour early Sunday.
“You don’t need the ordinance, you need common sense,” Dr. Demetra Soter said. “This management company knew what to do and didn’t do it.”
Tierra Franklin was fatally shot Friday near the parking lot of a business in the 2500 block of South Kolin Avenue.
In fatal attacks this weekend, a woman was killed and a gunman was among two others wounded in a shootout Friday night in Chinatown, Chicago police said.
The second edition and first paperback of “Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Illinois” was released Tuesday.