Hypothermia determined to be contributing factor in homeless man's death

'He wasn't moving'; homeless man remembers friend who died in abandoned house

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Shelby County's medical examiner determined that hypothermia was a contributing factor in the death of a homeless man on Thursday afternoon. This is the Mid-South's fourth death caused by the cold temperatures this week.

Cornelius Smith found his friend, Ricky Davis, dead when he went to check on him at an abandoned house on Essex Street.

"He wasn't moving," said Smith. "I went next door to this lady's house. I asked her to call the ambulance."

Smith and Davis had both been staying in the abandoned house, which has no electricity.

"My friend, my friend. That's my friend. My best friend," Smith said.

Warming houses across City of Memphis are open to those who have no other way to escape the cold. They are located at Orange Mound Community Center (2572 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN), Gaston Community Center (1046 South 3rd Street, Memphis, TN), and Ed Rice Community Center (2907 North Watkins Street).

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