ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — The blistering hot weather is now blamed for another death in the St. Louis area, this time in St. Charles County.

County officials say the medical examiner on Tuesday confirmed that a 64-year-old man found in his mobile home on July 7 died as a result of the heat. The victim lived alone. His air conditioner had been removed because of the expense of using it, and authorities say he declined a relative’s offer to move to cooler accommodations during the hot weather.

St. Charles County hospitals have reported 53 cases of heat-related illnesses since June.

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