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Death linked to Mississippi flooding

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • A man was pulled from the water Tuesday
  • He died in a hospital after drowning, officials said

Vicksburg, Mississippi (CNN) -- A 69-year-old man died after being pulled from floodwater in Warren County, Mississippi, the county coroner said Thursday. It is the first reported death linked to the flooding in that state.

Walter Cook of Vicksburg was found in the water at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday, said Coroner Doug Huskey.

Emergency workers with the fire department pulled him from the water and took him to River Regional Medical Center, where Cook was put on life support, Huskey said.

Cook died early Thursday in the intensive care unit. His doctor confirmed the cause of death was hypoxic brain injury due to drowning, Huskey said.

Officials do not know how Cook ended up in the floodwater, he said.