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Faulty air conditioner blamed in Whitehaven couple's death

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A couple that has lived on Aldridge Drive in Whitehaven for decades, died in their home Tuesday afternoon.

Memphis police believe the oppressive Memphis heat combined with a broken air conditioner may have killed Eddie and Annette Carr.

"They [police] called me and told me,” their daughter said.  “I didn't realize it was-- I really can't talk right now."

Police said neighbors initially alerted them something may be wrong after not seeing homeowners Eddie and Annette for more than a week.

"We received a call to check on the well-being,” MPD Major Jasper Clay said. “The neighbors called to check on their neighbors."

One neighbor reiterated his conversation with an investigator about what police found inside.

"He said he didn't think it was foul play, probably heat-related,” neighbor Greg Monger said.  “He said the air conditioner was on, but the compressor was not working. It wasn't cooling.”

Neighbors said the Carrs had lived on Aldridge for decades and that Mr. Carr was a notary public. He often offered his services free of charge.

"He's been a great neighbor to all of us, and gave us a lot of support," said neighbor Dee Chase.

Neighbors said both Carrs recently dealt with health issues.  They added the community would be here for their family as it deals with the deaths of not one, but two loved ones. 

“They were loving parents,” their daughter said.

So far this year, the health department has identified three probable heat-related deaths in Shelby County. That number does not include the Carrs.

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