ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis health officials have confirmed that the lingering heat wave is responsible for the death of a 68-year-old man.
The death was announced Tuesday by the office of Mayor Francis Slay. Spokeswoman Kara Bowlin says the man was found dead Friday. He lived alone in a home that had air conditioning, but it was not in use.
The man's name has not been released.
It is the ninth death in Missouri this year in which heat is the suspected cause. Six heat-related deaths are suspected in Kansas City, and two in Portageville.
Residents who do not have an air conditioner or need energy assistance should call the United Way at 1-800-427-4626 or 211 if calling from a land line phone. Assistance can also be obtained by contacting Cool Down St. Louis at 241-7668.