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Cold claims man, 55, found in lane

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A 55-year-old man found outside the United Way building Wednesday morning died after being rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Police and emergency personnel arrived on the scene at approximately 5:30 a.m. after a passerby noticed the man in the west rear lane in the 500 block of Main Street.

It's not known how long the man was in the back lane, though police say it appears he had been outside for a number of hours.

The temperature in Winnipeg hovered around -16 C Wednesday morning, with wind chill values in the -24 range.

There were no obvious signs of foul play. The name of the man will not be released.

Dennis Lewycky, executive director of the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, said contrary to popular belief, there are no organizations that take on the role of going out and looking for people who are left out in the cold.

"It would be too hard for anyone to monitor the whole city," said Lewycky. "If it turns out this man was homeless, this is the price we pay for not addressing homelessness as a major crisis."

The stretch of Alexander Avenue between Main Street and King Street was closed during the investigation but opened later Wednesday.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 19, 2013 B4

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