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Michael Tingling (NBC Chicago photo)

Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014. 5:06 pm CST.

Michael Tingling (NBC Chicago photo)

Michael Tingling
(NBC Chicago photo)

PATRICK E. JONES Reporting: A man from Belize who had been living in Chicago for a number of years died this week after an argument with another man.

59 year old Michael Tingling collapsed and later died after he got into an altercation with another man who was allegedly making inappropriate gestures to his teenage daughter.

A report by a local Chicago CBS 2 News said that 59 year old Joseph Firek, allegedly pushed Tingling and punched him in the chest, while continuously making racial slurs at Tingling.

Joseph Firek (Charged for murder) Chicago Police photo

Joseph Firek
(Charged for murder)
Chicago Police photo

Although was rushed to the St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, he later died.

An autopsy confirmed that Tingling dies of hypertensive cardiovascular disease, with stress being listed as a secondary factor.

That stress is believed to be the result of the altercation and as such the death was ruled a homicide.

The Chicago news report said that Michael Tingling who has been a boxer in his teens in Belize, has suffered recently from heart disease and diabetes.

Click here for a report on the story by CBS Chicago.

Click here for a report on the story by the Chicago Sun Times.


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