Man found unresponsive on Loop sidewalk died from combination of street drugs: medical examiner

The man was found on this sidewalk at 26 West Van Buren. (Google)

CHICAGO — The man who died after being found unresponsive on a Loop sidewalk on April 10 died from a toxic combination of street drugs, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A passerby found the man lying on the first block of West Van Burn, on a sidewalk outside Pritzker Park, around 12:45 a.m. on April 10. The Chicago Fire Department took him to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.

In newly-released information, the medical examiner said he died from combined drug toxicity, with heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol found in his system. His death was ruled an accident.

His name was never released, but county records identify him as a 23-year-old Hispanic man.

Cook County recorded 1,817 opioid-related deaths last year, down slightly from the 2,002 cases seen the year before. The number of deaths linked to opioids is up sharply since 675 cases were reported in 2015, the first full year for which data is available. It is too soon to know how this year is trending because many toxicology tests are still outstanding.

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