SC heat may have killed woman in nursing home

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EASLEY, S.C. — A South Carolina coroner plans an autopsy to find out whether the intense heat of recent days played a role in the death of a nursing home resident who would have turned 85 today.

WSPA reports that Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley plans an autopsy of the elderly woman today. The coroner has not released the name of the woman who died.

She collapsed Saturday at the Majestly Health & Rehab of Easley and died at the local hospital.

Kelley says the air-conditioning in one of the home’s three wings wasn’t working properly.

A nursing home spokesman says the air conditioners were working, but struggled to cool the building from the 105 degree temperatures.

The coroner has not released the name of the woman who died.

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