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Man found dead in Homewood is Cook County’s 30th cold exposure death

A man who died Friday in south suburban Homewood is Cook County’s 30th cold exposure death since the start of the season.

Timothy Kearney was found at 5:15 a.m. Friday in the 1300 block of Jamie Lane, authorities said. He was pronounced dead shortly after at South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest.

An autopsy found Kearney died as a result of cold exposure, heart disease and other factors, the medical examiner’s office said Saturday. His death was ruled an accident.

Homewood police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last fall and winter, 47 deaths were found to be at least partially cold-related between Oct. 1, 2017, and April 1, 2018, according to the medical examine’s office. More than 250 people have died of cold-related causes in Cook County since 2006.

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