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32-Year-Old Niles Man Dies Of Unknown Causes

He complained of thirst and went to lie down, police said.


The following information is from Niles Police Department reports


Police responded Dec. 23 at 12:30 p.m. to a call from a woman who lives in a townhome in the 8900 block of Washington. A friend of hers, Richard A. Lange, was staying with her family, as he had done on and off because he had been estranged from his family for several years, according to the police report.

The woman told police Lange suffered from diabetes, ulcers and other medical conditions. On the 23rd, he said he was thirsty and drank some water and laid down in his room; when she went to wake him an hour later, he was cold to the touch, according to the report. Police said there were no signs of trauma on the body, and Niles Fire Department paramedics attempted life-saving measures but were unable to revive him.

The woman said Lange was supposed to be taking medications, but she did not know if he had any, the report indicated. No information on medications or doctors was immediately available. Police arranged for the body to be transported to the Cook County Medical Examiner;  a phone call to that office said blood and urine tests were pending until February and the cause of death will not be known until then. 

Police Intervene To Stop Father-Daughter Argument From Escalating

A 19-year-old Niles woman called police Dec. 24 at about 9 p.m. because she feared a verbal argument with her 61-year-old father, according to the report. Earlier in the evening, the young woman and her mother met the young woman's brother and his girlfriend for dinner. The father is estranged from the son and opposed the idea of his wife and daughter meeting him; when they returned he began arguing with the daughter about it. Police asked the father to leave for the night in order to defuse the dispute, and he complied, they said. 

Police gave the parties domestic violence forms and notified Niles Family Services.

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