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Memphis has 9th heat-related death this year

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Health officials are reporting the ninth heat-related death in Shelby County this year. County medical examiner Karen Chancellor said Monday a 67-year-old man from the Memphis suburb of Bartlett collapsed Friday while mowing his lawn.

Chancellor says the death resulted from chronic illness but heat exposure has been ruled a contributing factor. Summer temperatures have been scorching in Memphis. The National Weather Service says the overnight minimum temperature at midnight Monday at Memphis International Airport was 82 degrees, breaking a record for the date of 80 set in 1980.

 It was also the ninth-warmest overnight low ever for Memphis in records that date to 1872 and was the warmest overnight low since Aug. 24, 1982.

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