- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office is reporting 10 people have died as a result shoveling snow during and after the recent blizzard that hit the Chicago area.

The medical examiner’s office announced on Tuesday the deaths occurred between 6 p.m. on January 31 and 11:59 p.m. on February 2 - the approximate time of the blizzard that buried northeastern Illinois in more than 19 inches of snow.

The office says nine of the victims were men and one was a woman. One victim was in his 40s, three were in their 50s and six were in their 60s. Nine died after shoveling snow and the tenth died after using a snow blower.

Much of the snow was heavy, wet snow, often referred to as heart attack snow.



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