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MEDICAL EXAMINER: Man Found Near Burbank Park Died of Hypothermia

Man's death ruled accidental is Cook County's 28th victim to succumb to cold.


The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled hypothermia as the main cause of death of a homeless man whose lifeless body was discovered near Narragansett Park in Burbank late Monday afternoon.

James Nanfeldt, 61, died from hypothermia due to cold exposure, complicated by cardiovascular disease, a spokesman for the medical examiner’s office said.

Nanfeldt is Cook County's 28th victim to succumb to cold in 2014.

Burbank Beat reported that police responded to a call of unresponsive man near the area of 75th Street and Narragansett around 5:30 p.m. Monday. When officers arrive, they found the body of a man lying in a wooded area.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and listed as a “John Doe.”

An autopsy was performed Tuesday. Nanfeldt’s death has been ruled accidental.

Burbank Police said Nanfeldt was homeless. He had no children and was never married.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to this man’s surviving family,” police said on the Burbank Police Facebook page.


Dave March 19, 2014 at 01:15 PM
I really find it hard to believe that in 2014 in The United States of America that old people are dying from being outside in the cold, also that kids are starving . then we help out other countries and let our people starve and freeze . what gives here ? Let take care of our children and old people first .

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