11th Hollywood nursing home patient dies

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) - An 11th patient from a nursing home in Hollywood has died, more than one week after the facility lost its air conditioning during Hurricane Irma, officials said.

Friday afternoon, the Broward County Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services confirmed 94-year-old Alice Thomas passed away.

Thomas and the other victims were evacuated from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood in the aftermath of the storm. Shortly after, video surfaced showing residents at the home living in sweltering conditions.

The first eight patients died Sept. 13, three days after Irma struck. A ninth died Tuesday, and a 10th victim died on Thursday.

The Hollywood Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation into the deaths.

Officials said the victims’ cause of death are yet to be determined and will not be announced until toxicology tests are completed.

The state has revoked the facility’s license while the owners have sued the state to block its actions. The home is currently suing to get its license back.

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