Stewartville man's death likely heat related


The heat wave across Minnesota this week may have been a factor in the death of 66-year-old Stewartville man Thursday night.

KTTC reports Dave Ryan was working in his yard in the 1700 block of 1st Avenue NE when he became confused and disoriented, according to the man's wife, Barbara Ryan.

After Dave Ryan had come inside, Barbara Ryan found her husband lying on the floor with aggravated breathing, KAAL said.

The man died before an ambulance arrived.

The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office said Dave Ryan was showing signs of severe heat stroke.

A combination of hot weather and prescription medications may have contributed to his death, the sheriff's office said.

Much of the southern half of the state was under an excessive heat warning through Wednesday.

Highs in the area should reach the upper 80s Friday.

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