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Heat Wave Kills Dozens In Illinois, Missouri

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The sweltering temperatures across much of the Midwest are now deadly. Health officials report 24 people have died from the heat or are under investigation as suspected heat related deaths this summer.

The most recent to fall victim to the heat are two Metro-East men. St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone tells KMOX that both men were found dead Wednesday night.

The body of 72-year-old Willie Gill of East St. Louis was found in a ditch near a home where he occasionally stayed. His body temperature was 106.5 degrees. And a 51-year-old Kevin Miller of Belleville died of a heat-related heart attack before he was found unresponsive on his front porch. The coroner says Miller used a wheelchair and had various medical complications.

Since June, six deaths have been blamed on the heat in the bi-state region, 5 occurring during the current heat wave.

Across the state, Kansas City officials report five heat related deaths since May and thirteen others are under investigation as possible heat-related deaths.

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