Loveland Man, 91, Dies After Frigid Night Outdoors

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LOVELAND, Colo. (AP/CBS4) – Colorado’s cold snap is being blamed for the death of a 91-year-old man in Loveland.

Robert Kopher was found dead outside the Sugar Valley Estates Independent Living Residences early Tuesday morning. The Larimer County coroner says he died of hypothermia.

Investigators believe Kopher became confused late Monday night and wasn’t able to get into the facility or his vehicle. It’s not clear why he was there.

Coroner investigator Matthew Canaga said Kopher once lived at the facility. Residents there say he was a man ready to share a hug and was kind to everyone.

“He always said, ‘Oh, thank you. I needed that. Now my day is complete,’ “ friend Donna Drake said. “He made me feel better than I probably made him feel, but he was nice.”

He hadn’t been reported missing.

It wasn’t the first weather-related death from the cold snap. On Saturday morning a woman was found outside a home in someone’s front yard in Woodland Park. The coroner later confirmed the 34-year-old victim froze to death.

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