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Officials say heat, drugs led to death

August 4, 2006

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— Heat was a factor in the death of a 54-year-old Kansas City man who collapsed in his home, according to the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office.

The man, whose name was not released, had a core body temperature of 107 degrees when he was found Tuesday. A urinalysis at a local hospital revealed the presence of PCP and cocaine.

A combination of hot external temperatures, no air conditioning in his home and drug use led to a heat stroke, the medical examiner's office said.

At least 16 deaths statewide have been blamed on heat this year, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

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