The Police Chief in Scotia has confirmed word of a tragedy during this punishing cold.

He says a 70-year-old man died after he went out to shovel around 8:00 p.m. Sunday.

Spectrum News does not yet have the name of the victim but he wasn't found until this morning, by the home on Mohawk Ave.

The Scotia Chief says the man's wife was home at the time, but didn't realize things had gone terribly wrong.

“My husband calls me over the window and said theres somebody laying down on the steps and we said oh it must be Frank must have had a heart attack shoveling or he was there for a while until the coroner came," said Kathy O'Neal, a neighbor. "Get help, if you see a kid walking down the street stop him ask help for shovel and im sure they will.”

An autopsy showed the man suffered a heart attack believed to be brought on by shoveling the snow.

Experts say if you're shoveling, be aware of any signs of chest pain, shortness of breath, or light-headedness. Those could be early signs of a heart attack.