Senior Citizen 4th Confirmed Heat Death In Oklahoma

BLACKWELL, Okla. (AP) - The state Medical Examiner's office says a 69-year-old Blackwell man is the latest heat-related death in Oklahoma.

Medical Examiner's spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard says Marcelino Calderon-Mora died Monday of hyperthermia. There have now been four confirmed heat deaths in the state.

Blackwell police Sgt. John Mitchell told The Oklahoman that Calderon-Mora was found unresponsive in a ditch near a Blackwell park about 3:30 p.m. He was taken to Blackwell Regional Hospital, where he died.

Mitchell says Calderon-Mora was known to voluntarily mow lawns. According to National Weather Service records, the temperature in Ponca City, located near Blackwell, topped out at 103 degrees on Monday.