Granite City, Ill. (KMOV) - The extreme heat currently hitting the St. Louis metro area took the life of an Illinois man Sunday night after his air conditioner failed to work.
Mitsunari Uechi, 51, was found unresponsive at his home at 10:46 p.m. on July 10. He was transported to Gateway Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 11:18 p.m.
Uechi resided in a mobile home where the air conditioner was not working and the residence was described by police to coroner’s investigator as extremely hot. His body temperature on arrival at the hospital was 104 degrees.
The decedent suffered from chronic medical problems that placed him in a higher risk for heat-stress related illness.
An autopsy conducted early Monday failed to reveal any other anatomic cause of death and in conjunction with the findings of the scene investigation, the preliminary cause of death is hyperthermia (heat stroke). Routine toxicological testing for alcohol and drugs remains pending at this time.
Funeral arrangements for Mitsunari Uechi remain incomplete at this time.
The excessive heat warning for the St. Louis metro area remains in effect until Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. During this time, Coroner Nonn urges everyone to heed the advice of experts and remain inside and air conditioned environment if possible, stay hydrated with non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic beverages, and be proactive in watching out for the ill effects of the heat on others.