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Portage man dies while snow blowing

PAW PAW, Mich. (Newschannel 3) - Michigan State Police are warning of the dangers of all this snow after a Portage man dies while snow blowing.

He collapsed in front of his second home on 35 1/2 Street in Paw Paw just before 4 p.m. Sunday.

State police tell Newschannel 3 this tragedy is a weather-related one, the victim snow blowing his own driveway in Portage earlier Sunday, then heading out to Paw Paw to continue working in the snow.

Michigan State Police say a neighbor called 9-1-1 after he found his friend unconscious in his driveway with the snow blower still running.

An ambulance was called and paramedics tried to revive the man, but he unfortunately passed away, likely of a heart attack.

State police tell us the victim was trying to sell this home in Paw Paw, and had been there working throughout the day. They say he didn't have any medical conditions they were aware of, but did have the flu a week earlier.

State police are reminding others to play it safe in this latest round of winter weather, especially when it comes to handling all this heavy snow.

"When it's like this, especially with the colder weather, it can damage your lungs and in many cases it can be stressful when you're not active in the beginning of the year and it can lead to a heart attack," Trooper Anthony Turner says.

When shoveling or blowing snow, its best to do it in waves, taking your time, and not lifting too much.

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