By The Associated Press
FAYETTE — A third heat death has been recorded in Mississippi since temperatures started climbing past 100 degrees in parts of the state.
Jefferson County Coroner Lee Felton says 48-year-old Richard Sims of Fayette died Monday evening while mowing a yard. Felton tells The Clarion-Ledger that Sims had a heart attack brought on by the heat.
Melvin Caldwell, a 48-year-old construction worker from Gulfport, died of hyperthermia Monday. He collapsed while spreading concrete on Mississippi Highway 613 in coastal Moss Point.
In northern Mississippi’s Monroe County, the body of 81-year-old Earnestine Fields was found Saturday on the back porch of a relative’s house near Hamilton.
Coroner Alan Gurley says Fields died of a heat stroke, with her age and other unspecified medical problems as contributing factors.