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Man found dead in Auburn Gresham is season`s 16th cold death

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A man found dead Friday in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood is the 16th person whose death was at least partially caused by cold weather this winter in Cook County.

Larry Shannon, 60, was found in the 8400 block of South Halsted Street, the Cook County Medical Examiner's office said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died at 7:03 p.m. Friday.

An autopsy found anoxic encephalopathy, a brain hemorrhage and heart disease were among the causes of death, along with chronic drug use and hypothermia, according to the medical examiner's office. His death was ruled an accident.

Shannon's home address was not immediately known, but the medical examiner's office said it was unclear whether he was homeless.

Police had no immediate information on his death.

Shannon's was the 16th cold-related death in Cook County this winter, officials said.

Last winter and the winter of 2011-12 each saw 14 cold-related deaths in the county, officials said. The two winters before—2009-10 and 2010-11—each had 17 cold-related deaths, while the winter of 2008-09 had 23.

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