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Article updated: 12/25/2012 5:33 PM

Cold contributed to man's death

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By Associated Press

Authorities say exposure to cold weather contributed to the death of a Chicago man found in Skokie. The Cook County medical examiner says an autopsy showed that 53-year-old Luis Escalante died of cold exposure. His death was ruled an accident.

The Chicago Tribune reported Escalante was found Saturday in Skokie and pronounced dead on the scene.

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He is one of at least four Chicago-area people this year whose deaths have involved exposure to cold weather.

Authorities say there were at least seven cold-related deaths in Cook County during the cold season of 2011-2012 with the first reported on Dec. 3, 2011.

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