36-Year-Old Woman Died in Oregon Heat Wave 50 Feet From Her Home

A 36-year-old woman died on the sidewalk just 50 feet from her home during the historic heat wave that struck the Pacific Northwest toward the end of June, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people, according to a Portland news outlet.

NBC-affiliate KGW spoke to neighbors and friends of Ashlyn Maddox, who lived in a Portland adult foster care home, requested 911 calls and acquired Nest camera videos from the neighborhood in order to find out what happened to the woman on the afternoon of June 28.

Maddox's name included in a list showing the names and addresses of the 96 people who died in Oregon as a result of the June heat wave that was recently released by the state medical examiner's office in response to a Freedom of Information request.

KGW and other news outlets in the state had been requesting the data in order to learn more about the deaths, including information regarding the type of housing where the victims lived and whether or not they had air conditioning.

Maddox died on June 28—a record-setting day in Oregon when temperatures reached 116 F in Portland.

The cause of her death was hyperthermia—abnormally high body temperature caused by a failure of the body's heat-regulating mechanisms to keep it cool in hot environments.

Maddox had passed out on the street, one house down from the adult foster care home where she was living after being dropped off in the neighborhood by a medical transport service that takes patients to and from appointments.

Several people tried to help Maddox, and paramedics arrived at the scene, but they were not able to revive her.

"Ashlyn was a good person. She was a beautiful human being. As far as her family, I'm pretty sure they are devastated. She was really close with her grandma," a friend of Maddox's, Heidi Hall, told KGW. "She had so much life left in her. She was taken way too soon."

Among the others who died during the historic Oregon heat wave was 67-year-old Jollene "Jolly" Brown whose air conditioning had broken, according to a preliminary report by the Multnomah County's Public Health Division.

The woman's son, who had taken away the unit to try and fix it, said in the report that he had offered to buy her a "real air conditioner."

But Brown reportedly "shrugged off" the remark, saying that they could talk about it when the heat wave had passed, while noting how expensive air conditioners were.

Brown reportedly told her son "I'll be fine... I'll get through it."

Several states have been hit by extreme heat this year as June was confirmed as the hottest on record for the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA.)

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Kids play in the Salmon Springs Fountain on June 27, 2021 in Portland, Oregon, during a historic heat wave. Nathan Howard/Getty Images