Autopsy rules Chicago smokestack death an accident
CHICAGO (AP) -- Authorities say the death
of a 23-year-old man who fell 22-feet down a Chicago skyscraper smokestack was an
The Cook County
medical examiner released autopsy results Friday for Nicholas Wieme, a native
of Pipestone, Minn., who was living in Chicago. Wieme died from
injuries suffered from a fall down a chimney. The aspiring comedian was
attempting to take a photo from atop the Intercontinental Hotel when he fell
down the Michigan Avenue
building's smokestack. It took rescue crews four hours to pull Wieme from the
Wieme's girlfriend was on the roof with him and called 911 after he
fell. He was taken to Northwestern
where he was pronounced dead early Thursday.
The fall happened in an area of the hotel that is closed to the public.