Police: 72-year-old’s death appears to be heat related

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 72-year-old man was discovered dead inside a building on Florida Street that didn’t have air conditioning.

Family members said they came to check on Minister James Carodine around noon.

When they entered the home, they found the victim lying in the bed deceased.

The death, police say, appears to be heat related.

The family said they never expected the heat to take such a toll.

“He was fit, [72] years old, but he was fit so we didn’t check on him a whole lot,” said James Craigen.

Minister Carodine’s family said he wasn’t a man who needed a lot of help.

Rather he was the one typically lending a hand.

“He was up, good spirits,” said Craigen. “A man that believed in the Lord, spoke for the Lord and tried to represent Christ.”

They said he used a bus to pick up the homeless and gather them for free food and a sermon.

“He picked them up on Sundays and had some church services, both black and white. He said his church had no color,” said Craigen.

The building’s home to his church, but is also where he lived.

Carodine’s family said they knew he didn’t have air conditioning.

That’s why they came to make sure he was staying cool, but said they think the hot weather had already done its damage.

“We think he was overtaken by the heat,” said Craigen. “We should check on our relatives and friends and families and neighbors in the heat. It’s tough out here. It’s hot.”

Carodine’s family said he did have fans in his house, but think people should pay more attention during this heat wave so another family can avoid the grief they’re feeling.

Memphis firefighters said everyone needs to check on the elderly and children in this heat, as they are the ones most vulnerable.

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