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Over 200 deaths investigated as heat-related in Maricopa County

When a death is listed as “under investigation,” it means the county coroner suspects heatstroke was the cause of death.

MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz. — As of July 6, the Maricopa County Coroner's Office is investigating more than 200 deaths as possible causes of heat stroke. County data shows.

As of July 6, Maricopa County has confirmed 14 heat-related deaths in 2024. Of the 14, 9 were caused by heat exhaustion and 5 were contributory. There are 234 deaths under investigation.

Spanish version: Maricopa County investigates 234 suspected heatstroke deaths, next report

If a death is listed as “under investigation,” it means the county coroner suspects it was a heat stroke death. Click here for more information on the new heat stroke death dashboard the county introduced this year.

This time last year, there were 12 confirmed heatstroke deaths and 106 deaths under investigation. 12News has been tracking all heatstroke deaths in Maricopa County throughout the summer. Click here for more information.


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