June death of Memphis man blamed on heat - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

June death of Memphis man blamed on heat

Another death in Memphis has been blamed on the heat. Another death in Memphis has been blamed on the heat.

(WMC-TV) - A third heat-related death has been reported in Shelby County.

The lights were on at 3268 Covington Pike Friday, but nobody was home at the ramshackle house.  Shelby County officials said a 62-year-old man died in a hot room of the house with only a fan running.

"I'm the one that reported it," said neighbor Bill Brewer.

Brewer, 85, identified the man as Stan Grubb, who he considered part of the family.

"He considered me and my wife his mother and father," said Brewer.

Brewer said he became concerned about Grubb when a few days passed without hearing from him.

"I started missing him, and started calling him for a few days, and he didn't answer," said Brewer.

Brewer said he became really concerned when he checked his neighbor's mailbox and it was full of old mail.

"So, I came back in the house and called police," said Brewer.

That was in mid-June, but the medical examiner confirmed the death was heat-related Friday.

"It was a shock to me," said Brewer.

Brewer said Grubb lived alone in the rented house next door.  He said he had health issues and no longer drove.

Brewer said Grubb spend a lot of time at his house, especially when his air conditioner was not working.  One way he said "thank you" was by creating a painting of Brewer's longtime home.

Grubb's landlord was unable to find out if the air conditioner was broken or just not turned on.

Copyright 2011 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly