A 32-year-old former NFL player died of heat stroke on Thursday night, when a dangerous heat wave with blistering temperatures set in much of the US, triggering heat warnings for more than 200 million people.
Mitch Petrus, who played for the New York Giants and won a Super Bowl with the team in 2012, died in a hospital in North Little Rock, Arkansas, after having worked in his family's business, according to the Pulaski County Coroner.
Arkansas, like Much of the country is experiencing a heat wave with record temperatures and unusually high dew points, which the forecasters on Friday described as "long-lasting, dangerous and potentially deadly".
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About 200 million people were monitored, warned or advised on Friday night.
Heat is one of the main causes of weather-related damage. Deaths in the US. According to CDC, more than 600 people die every year from extreme heat. Heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke occur when the body overheats and can not cool itself.
Left untreated, heat exhaustion can result in heat stroke, a serious and life-threatening condition. A body temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit is the main feature of a heat stroke. Severe headaches, confusion, dry skin and a fast heart rate are also common symptoms.
In anticipation of the dangerous conditions, the organizers of the New York Triathlon canceled the race scheduled for Sunday.
"Race day temperature and humidity is expected to reach extreme levels," organizers said in a statement on Thursday. "Having exhausted every opportunity to reduce the exposure of athletes, volunteers, spectators and employees alike, we can not offer either a safe event experience or an alternative race weekend." in Central Park and on Saturday because of the heat the Coney Island Music Festival.
In Chicago, a 5-km race scheduled for Saturday was canceled so the Chicago Fire Department.