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Autopsy: Oak Lawn woman died of hypothermia

Updated: March 3, 2014 4:27PM



An 86-year-old Oak Lawn woman who died Tuesday was the 17th person in Cook County this winter whose death was at least partially caused by cold weather, authorities said.

Antoinette Diesness, 86, was found at her home in the 8700 block of South Meade Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she died at 12:11 p.m., the medical examiner’s office said.

A Wednesday autopsy found Diesness died of hypothermia and cold exposure, and it listed heart disease and dementia as secondary factors, the medical examiner’s office said.

Oak Lawn police did not immediately return calls for comment.

Last winter and the winter of 2011-12 each saw 14 cold-related deaths in Cook County, officials said. The two winters prior to those each had 17, while the winter of 2008-09 had 23.

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