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Heat kills Brooklyn man

A store employee uses a wet rag on his head to stay cool as he beckons customers into his store on Fulton Mall on Friday. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

New York City medical examiners say a 78-year-old man died of heat exposure during this week's punishing heat wave.

The medical examiner's office says hyperthermia caused the Brooklyn man's death on Friday. The National Weather Service says the air temperature reached 96 degrees in the city that day.

The man's name wasn't released, and details on the circumstances of his death weren't immediately available.

It was at least the second heat-related death in the city this month. The medical examiners' office found a 57-year-old Staten Island man died of hyperthermia on July 8, when the temperature in the city reached 89 degrees.

July 21, 2013 - 2:51pm


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