King County medical examiner: Issaquah-area man dies from hypothermia
November 25, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 25, 2010
The recent cold has claimed the life of a 66-year-old Issaquah-area man.
James R. Furseth died Nov. 20 in Issaquah from hypothermia due to exposure to the cold, the King County Medical Examiner’s Office reported. Temperatures in the Issaquah area dipped to near freezing on the day Furseth died.
The cold also claimed a 76-year-old Redmond man, Jerry M. Fitzgerald. Officials said Fitzgerald died from hypothermia Nov. 19.
The medical examiner’s office had no further details about the men Thursday morning.
Hypothermia occurs after a person’s body temperature has dropped significantly below normal due to inadequate protection against cold. The state Department of Health offers a list of symptoms and prevention tips here.
Temperatures in recent days dipped into the 20s and teens as a fall snowstorm swept into the region.