Authorities say at least seven deaths have been reported in Illinois following snow and bitter cold.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office said Tuesday that 80-year-old Elias Contreras of Blue Island died of hypothermia.

A 64-year-old Christian County man was pronounced dead on Monday after his body was found in snow about a half mile from his Pana home. Sheriff's officials say his death likely was due to exposure and a medical condition

Will County coroner Patrick O'Neil says a 62-year-old and a 63-year-old, each from Joliet, died Sunday at Saint Joseph Medical Center.

Two men died after shoveling on Sunday, but officials say both — a 48-year-old Chicagoan and a 71-year-old Bloomington man — had heart problems.

Officials say a 57-year-old from Bolingbrook died Saturday at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.

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