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Lauderdale Co. man dies of hypothermia

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Lauderdale County man has died of hypothermia, the first death confirmed in Mississippi as temperatures plunged into the teens in recent days as an arctic mass settled in over the South.

Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler said Wednesday the body of 68-year-old Billy Joe Fuller was found Tuesday in his home in the Zero community. Cobler said the preliminary cause of death is being ruled as hypothermia.

Cobler said two butane gas heaters were on inside the home but that the tank outside was empty. Fuller was found lying on the floor.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the entire state until 3 p.m. Thursday and a hard freeze advisory for most other areas through the weekend.

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