(KMOV) – The death of a disabled Metro-East man is now being ruled as an accidental death due to a heat stroke according to Madison County officials.
Darold J. Mays, 56, was found in an alleyway located in the 1342 block of Klein Avenue in Venice, Illinois just before 10 p.m. on June 27.
According to authorities, Mays was found several hours after he had died; however his body core temperature remained elevated at 101.9 degrees Fahrenheit.
Family members reported that Mays would venture out into the community to collect aluminum cans.
Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn urges residents to be on alert with rising temperatures.
“With daytime temperatures forecasted to be in the mid-nineties throughout the week, this unfortunate death should serve as a good reminder to everyone about the dangers posed by exposure to hot environments.”
An autopsy determined that a number of medical conditions suffered by Mays most likely contributed to heat stroke.
“People need to be alert, not only for themselves in everyday activities, but also be watchful of friends, family, and neighbors who may be more susceptible to the heat because of chronic health issues,” said Nonn.