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Heat suspected in Stewartville death

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STEWARTVILLE, Minn. - Warm temperatures may be to blame in the case of a Stewartville man who passed away Thursday evening. 

 According to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, David Ryan, 66, was doing yardwork when he became disoriented and showed signs of severe heat stroke. 

Crews were called to his home on the 1700 block of 1st Ave. N.E., but he passed away shortly after their arrival. 

Neighbors describe Ryan as an active and outgoing man who would offer his help around the neighborhood whenever he could. 

"Just a wonderful guy. Wonderful person. You'd never meet a more wonderful man. So helpful and so friendly," said neighbor Mel Mullenbach. 

The Olmsted County Sheriff's office said that heat, combined with Ryan's prescribed medication, is likely to blame for his death as temperatures reached 90 degrees. 

"I thought he would go in the house if he got hot. Or stay out of the heat. Because we had talked about it the day before," Mullenbach said.

Now, friends and family are left with the memory of a father, husband, and grandfather who liked to hunt and help others.

"He was just a wonderful guy. He'd do anything for ya. He'd always come over and ask if I needed anything done," Mullenbach said.

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