Shelby County records third heat-related death of 2010

By Jason Miles - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - For the second time in a week, the heat contributed to the death of an elderly Memphis man Wednesday.

The Memphis and Shelby County Health Department confirmed John Kizer, 88, became the third heat-related death so far this year.

Kizer died at a house on Cypress Road in Raleigh.  

Lorene Crisp, a neighbor of more than 40 years, saw the commotion outside the Kizer house Wednesday afternoon.

Betty Kizer said the cold air bothered her husband.  That is why she said the air conditioning unit was not on at the time of his death.

It was unknown how hot it was inside the Kizer home, unlike the 94.6 degrees it was reported to have been inside the Binghamton house where 70-year-old Sonny Murray was found dead Monday by his brother.

The first heat-related death in Shelby County came three weeks earlier when a 47-year-old woman died woman died inside an un-air conditioned house on Jackson Avenue.

Crisp recalled having no air as a young woman but cannot imagine living without it now.

"I was living up in the county, so we didn't have air conditioning back then," Crisp said.  "Sometimes I have to go places, but other than that I try to stay inside."

Shelby County has a limited number of air conditioners available to those who qualify.  Call (901) 545-4311 for more information.

The Aging Commission provides fans for senior citizens without air.  Call (901) 324-3399 for more information.

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